Beijing has unveiled a $12 billion airport that’s the biggest in the world — here’s the first look

The airport is scheduled to open in 2019. (Thomson Reuters)

Beijing is getting ready to unveil a brand new airport that’s set to become the world’s largest.

The Beijing Daxing Airport is being built 42 miles south of the Chinese capital. It’s a looming steel infrastructure meant to relieve pressure on Beijing’s existing airport, which opened a new terminal in 2008 ahead of the Olympic games, according to Reuters.

Scroll down for a closer look at the massive project:

Beijing broke ground on the project in 2014 under President Xi Jinping.

Beijing broke ground on the project in 2014 under President Xi Jinping. (Thomson Reuters)

The Daxing Airport is 42 miles south of Beijing and will be accessible by expressway and high-speed train. Technically, it’s located in the Hebei province, but its proximity to the capital should relieve some stress from Beijing Capital International Airport.

The inner view of the terminal hall of new Daxing Airport constructed on the outskirts of Beijing (Thomson Reuters)

 

The airport is scheduled to open in 2019. (Thomson Reuters)