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ThyssenKrupp to provide 155 lifts and 22 escalators to Beijing airport base

As the sole lift supplier to China Southern Airlines’ new Beijing airport base, Thyssenkrupp Elevator is to deliver 155 elevators and 22 escalators to Beijing Daxing Airport, which is currently under construction.

China Southern Airlines has moved to the new mega airport in the south of Beijing as part of its ‘two-hub’ strategy, alongside its current Guangzhou base.

The plans for the airport facilities were designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, while the hexagonal main terminal was designed by Zara Hadid Architects. At approximately 7.5 million sq. feet, it will be the largest terminal in the world.

The 62-hectare development is China Southern Airlines’ biggest investment to-date. Beyond the colossal terminal, Daxing Airport will also boast the largest air traffic control centre, aircraft hangar, and airline catering centre in Asia.

A project of this scale demands reliable, efficient and comfortable mobility across the complex. With 177 lift and escalator units, Thyssenkrupp Elevator will ensure this. Despite the tremendous scale of the main terminal, it will take less than eight minutes to travel from security to the furthest gates.

China Southern Airlines belongs to one of China’s biggest air carriers. In 2018, the state-owned company flew 4.42 million passengers from Guangzhou – an 8.6% increase compared to 2017. This included nearly 1 million international transit passengers.

The new airport will support 45 million passengers in the first phase, before increasing to ultimately become the largest airport worldwide by passenger numbers.

Together with China Eastern Airlines, the company will be responsible for roughly 40% of the new airport’s traffic flow and will initially base 200 aircraft at the site.