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5 Airports Taking-Off by 2025

Today, more 3.5 billion passengers travel by plane each year - equivalent to half of our planet’s population. As a result, destinations around the world are under pressure to expand their existing facilities or to construct large new hubs. With state-of-the-art facilities, automated systems, artificial intelligence, vast construction project teams and designs from some of the world’s leading architects, this is a new age of airport design.



Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the USD $12BN scheme will deliver four runways and a terminal that consists of a central hub from which six concourses radiate, allowing flexible aircraft movements while reducing walking distances for passengers. Beijing's Daxing International will serve 72 million passengers a year by 2025. Despite its already vast scale, the site has been designed for further expansion in the future, with space for three more runways - taking its capacity to over 100 million passengers a year.






United States

The airport is undergoing a major USD $8BN re-development, transforming it into a world-class facility. LaGuardia will become the first new airport to be built in the United States in 20 years. The scheme will eventually unify Terminals B, C and D into one continuous structure almost a mile long, offering state-of-the-art passenger facilities, improved mobility and an annual capacity of over 50 million passengers.







The new Terminal 2 at Kuwait International will significantly expand the airport, adding 28 gates and increasing capacity by 13 million passengers annually. The triangular building has a central height of 25 meters, facades that span over 1.2 kilometers each, and a vast total area of 708,000 square meters. Located in one of the hottest inhabited areas of the world, the roof features photovoltaics (PVs). It is punctuated to allow natural light into the building while deflecting direct solar radiation.






South Korea

Incheon International has been undergoing a series of phased expansions since it first opened in 2001. Completing Phase 3 and opening its second terminal just ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the airport currently has a capacity for 62 million passengers each year. Along with the usual facilities, the airport also features a golf course, spa, casino, indoor garden and museum of Korean Culture. In addition, operators claim to have got processing times down to just 19 minutes for departures, and 12 minutes for arrivals - well below the global averages.







The airport's design draws heavily from lotus flowers, an inspiration that can be seen throughout the terminal. Planned in three phases, the USD $7.8 BN first stage is set to complete by 2025 and will consist of a terminal and two runways capable of processing 25 million passengers each year. Phase 2 will expand the airport’s capacity to 50 million passengers by 2035, while its third and final phase will allow Long Than to serve between 80 and 100 million passengers each year by 2050.







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