The municipal government of Beijing recently announced that that it is planning to start construction of a new airport in 2011.
The new airport will be the city's second airport, and is expected to help ease the traffic pressure on Beijing Capital International Airport. It will also expected to help turn the Chinese capital into an Asian aviation hub.
According to a five-year Beijing economic plan, the new airport will be located in southern Beijing and be able to handle 40 million passengers a year. The first phase of the construction is expected to complete in 2015.
The combined passenger capacity of Beijing's two airports is expected to exceed 120 million in 2015 of Beijing Capital Airport is expected to handle more than 80 million passengers this year.