Beijing Capital International Airport
) is the main international airport serving Beijing. It is located 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Beijing's city center,[citation needed
] in an enclave of Chaoyang District
and the surroundings of that enclave in suburban Shunyi District
The airport is owned and operated by the Beijing Capital International Airport Company Limited
, a state-controlled company. The airport's IATA Airport code
, is based on the city's former romanized name, Peking
Beijing Capital has rapidly ascended in rankings of the world's busiest airports in the past decade. It had become the busiest airport in Asia in terms of passenger traffic and total traffic movements by 2009. It was the world's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic from 2010-2013 and as of March 1, 2014 it was the second-busiest airport in the world
in 2014. The airport registered 557,167 aircraft movements (take-offs and landings), which ranked 6th in the world
In terms of cargo traffic, Beijing airport has also witnessed rapid growth. By 2012, the airport had become the 13th busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic
, registering 1,787,027 tonnes.
Beijing Capital International Airport is the main hub for Air China
, the flag carrier
of the People's Republic of China, which flies to around 120 destinations (excluding cargo) from Beijing. Hainan
and China Southern Airlines
also use the airport as their hub.
To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Beijing Capital added the enormous Terminal 3 in 2008 in time for the Olympic Games, the second largest airport terminal
in the world after Dubai International Airport
's Terminal 3, and the sixth largest building in the world
by area. Beijing Capital International Airport covers 1,480 hectares (3,700 acres) of land.