China’s new Beijing Daxing International Airport -World’s largest airport terminal, spanning 7.5 million square feet

Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport (PKX) is now the world’s largest airport terminal, spanning 7.5 million square feet—the equivalent of 98 soccer fields. With the runways and annexes, its whole surface covers 18 square miles.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, is a large international airport located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province. The airport is Beijing’s second international airport, after Beijing Capital International Airport.It has been nicknamed “the starfish”. It was completed on June 30, 2019, and began operations on September 26, 2019.

Designed by Zaha Hadid, the new Beijing Daxing airport not only has a unique architectural form but cutting-edge 5G technology, two-storey departure gates and smart robots.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA is a British Iraqi architect, artist and designer, recognised as a major figure in architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

Ultra-fast 5G mobile services, advanced facial recognition and smart robotics are some of the hi-tech features built in the first airport designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Airport has facial recognition technology set-up at it’s security gates and check-in stations, as well as paperless luggage-tracking service.

Seamless identity verification

Facial recognition technology, which automatically matches a person to a national database, supports identity verification at the airport. That helps speed up things for travellers at the security gates.

Passengers can have their faces scanned to check in their luggage, clear security and board the aircraft, which dispenses with showing an ID, holding tickets or scanning QR codes.

Beijing Daxing airport

To use the paperless luggage-tracking service, travellers must first apply for reusable RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to be attached on their baggage. They will also need to log their flight number and destination on their airline’s app before physically dropping off their luggage. Travellers can then track the status of their baggage using the app.

Smart robotics

One such robot is now being tested to help drivers park and pick up their cars at the terminal’s vast car park. It has helped reduce average parking times.