BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), known as "China Gateway", is the most important, largest, and busiest international aviation hub with the most advanced facilities. It is also China's important window to communicate and exchange with the outside world. Since it's founded in 1958, BCIA has always been striding forward along with time. Especially since China launched its reform and opening-up policy, and along with the fast economic development, the business of BCIA has been growing dramatically by taking its unique political, economical, cultural, and geographical advantages, and its annual passenger throughput has increased from 1.03 million of 1978 to 73.95 million of 2010, ranking the second place in the world.
To meet the ever-growing demand of passengers, BCIA has carried out large-scale expansion and reconstruction projects for altogether seven times since 1965. On January 1st 1980, the terminal I with an area of 61580 m2 was formally put into operation. On November 1st 1999, the Terminal 2 with the area of 336000 m2 was put into use. The construction of the Terminal 3 started on March 28, 2004, and after three years and nine months hard work, BCIA completed the construction of the world largest integrated terminal with the high quality and fast "Chinese speed", the project of terminal 3 construction. Soon after, during the two-month trial run, BCIA organized six large-scale drills involving nearly 60000 participants, and finally the successful take-over and smooth operation of Terminal 3 has been realized, which is highly praised by the professionals from all over the world. Since then, the hardware of BCIA has been effectively expanded, and it becomes the first airport in Asian and Pacific regions that has three terminals, three runways, and two towers operating simultaneously.
As the core node of Europe, Asia and North America, BCIA possesses an advantageous geographical location, a simple and convenient transfer procedure and a highly effective collaboration, making it the most convenient aviation hub connecting Asian, European and American aviation markets. All of China's main domestic airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have established operating bases in BCIA. It is regarded as an important transfer hub by the three largest aviation alliances in the world, Star Alliance, Skyteam Alliance and Oneworld Alliance. As the increasingly improved international airline network comes into being, BCIA is becoming one of the busiest airports in the world, with 1400 flights from more than 90 airlines everyday closely connecting Beijing with other 223 airports in the world. "China Gateway" is now on its way towards a large international hub airport. BCIA has always been taking safety as its highest objective, to build a safe airport. Its good safety records have passed the strict audit of ICAO and CAAC, and have won the trust from airlines and passengers both at home and abroad. Over years, by taking the "Passenger Service Promotion Committee", "Safety Management Committee" and "Operation Coordination Management Committee" as platforms, BCIA has been taking efforts to build the corporate culture of"under the same gateway, we are a family", and the brand of "China service". By the joint efforts of all the residing units, the satisfaction degree of passengers with BCIA has been greatly enhanced. According to ACI, our satisfaction degree of passengers reached 4.82 in 2011, ranking the third among the airports in the world, and the second among the airports with the passenger throughput over 40 millions.
In 2008, the successful hosting of the "Olympic Games" makes Beijing the focus of the world, and BCIA also created a couple of records in the history of China's aviation industry during the operation of "Olympic Games"support: 446 special planes, 1076 business planes, 7744 flights involving Olympic Games, with the total passengers of 98420 from great Olympic Family. The achievement of "zero incidence, zero accident, and zero complaint" during this period fully reflects the "featured and high level" services of BCIA. BCIA has been also attaching great importance on its social responsibility, and making efforts to build a resource-conserving and environment-friendly airport. Meanwhile, with its fast growing passenger and cargo flows, a fast-developing airport industry has been taking shape, and the influence of the airport on the regional economy has been increasing day by day. Along with the quick development of China’s economy, the development pace of BCIA is also accelerating. Last year alone, BCIA successively won a series of international honours, such as"ACI Best Airport in the World", the mainland China first "Skytrax 4-Star Airport", and "the Best Airport in the World" awarded by a British travelling magazine, and so on.
Facing future, the"China Gateway" is striding ahead on its way of "Advocating China Service and Creating an International Hub", to serve Beijing City and to build a "City of the World". The BCIA is also striving for contributing to build China into a country with a powerful aviation industry.
Explosion hits Beijing International Airport
BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) -- An explosion occurred Saturday evening in Terminal 3 of the Beijing International Airport, police said.
A wheel-chaired Chinese man set off a home-made explosive device outside the arrivals exit of the Terminal 3 at around 6:24 p.m.. The man was injured and is currently under treatment. Full story
A man watches the closed-circuit television system broadcasting an explosion in T3 terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 20, 2013. The explosion occured around 6:24 p.m. on Saturday near the B exit of the terminal. According to eyewitnesses, a disabled person ignited bombs on himself. The casualty is unknown yet. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
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