Construction began yesterday on Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, a new airport hub which when completed will boast six runways and handle 90 million passengers per year.
According to Shanghai Daily, the new airport will be located 50 kilometers southeast of downtown Chengdu, with a price tag of more than 70 billion yuan ($10.7 billion). It will make Chengdu the third city in China to have two airports after Beijing and Shanghai.
The project forms part of Chengdu’s aspiration to become Eastern China’s main transport and logistics hub. When finished, the 126-hectare site will include six runways, six terminals and is expected to welcome 90 million passengers a year.
The airport’s design, jointly submitted by China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, China Airport Construction Group Corporation and French architectural firm ADP Ingenierie, is said to “represent the creativity and exploration of Sichuan people.”
“The airport will serve as a crucial traffic hub in the southwest region. It will contribute to the economic and social development in Sichuan and surrounding areas,” said Chen Guilin, president of Sichuan Huashi Enterprise Co.
If the renders are to be believed, the airport is set to look pretty sleek:
Not to be outdone, Beijing is also busy with its own mega airport project, which when finished will have 7 runways and handle 100 million passengers annually. Unfortunately for the designers, netizens were far from impressed by the design, likening it to a certain part of the female anatomy.