China to open starfish shaped Beijing Airport on eve of communist government’s 70th birthday

Last Updated: Jul 04 2019 15:57
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BEIJING- China is all set to inaugurate its giant starfish shaped Beijing Daxing International Airport on September 30, on the eve of anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949 by Mao Zedong.

The work on the airport ended on schedule on Sunday. The airport will operate at full capacity in 2025 with four runways and potential to handle 72 million passengers per year.

The building was designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016, in conjunction with the engineering subsidiary of Aeroports de Paris. The project cost 120 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), or 400 billion if rail and road links are included.

President Xi Jinping will review a huge military parade through the center of Beijing as celebrations of the inauguration event.