Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Beijing Terminal Bolsters Airport

BEIJING -- With a simple flight from nearby Shandong, Beijing opened a $3 billion terminal Friday, bigger than the Pentagon and designed to evoke a mythological dragon. It marks one more milestone in the city's transformation before this summer's Olympics Games. With its new terminal, the currently overtaxed Beijing airport should be able to handle some 90 million passengers yearly by 2012 -- more people than the population of France -- and well over twice its current capacity of about 35 million.

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