Beijing’s new mega airport enlists Dubai’s Emaar for $11 bln project

Beijing is set to open an eye-catching multi-billion dollar airport resembling a massive shining starfish, to accommodate soaring air traffic in China and celebrate the Communist government's 70th anniversary in power. (AFP)
Updated 22 July 2019

Beijing’s new mega airport enlists Dubai’s Emaar for $11 bln project

  • The agreement was signed during a state visit by UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to China
  • Emaar will open two offices in Beijing and Shanghai

DUBAI: Dubai’s largest listed developer Emaar Properties has signed an agreement to help deliver an $11 billion project at the site of Beijing’s new mega airport, Emirati state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
WAM said Emaar had signed the deal with Beijing Daxing International Airport and that the project, which is expected to take 10 years, included residential and leisure facilities.
Emaar Properties did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The value of the project includes the five square kilometers of land at the airport, WAM reported.
Beijing Daxing International Airport is due to open in September and will be able to handle 72 million passengers a year by 2025.
The agreement was signed during a state visit by Emirati crown prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to China.
Sheikh Mohamed has met with China’s President Xi Jinping and other officials, according to Emirati state media.
Emaar signed a preliminary agreement with Beijing New Aeropolis Holdings in May to jointly develop commercial, residential, and leisure facilities at the new airport.
In December, Emaar said it had started business development operations in China and would open two offices in Beijing and Shanghai.


Hong Kong posts biggest airport passenger number fall in a decade

Updated 14 min 22 sec ago

Hong Kong posts biggest airport passenger number fall in a decade

  • The airport handled just over five million passengers, down 16.2 percent from a year earlier
  • Hong Kong has been gripped by sometimes violent protests since June

HONG KONG: Hong Kong International Airport reported its biggest fall in passenger numbers in more than a decade in November, official data released on Sunday showed.
The airport handled just over five million passengers, down 16.2 percent from a year earlier, Airport Authority Hong Kong said in a statement.
That was the largest fall since June 2009, when the figure fell by 18.7 percent, data on the Civil Aviation Department’s website showed.
There were falls of more than 12 percent in the three previous months, the Civil Aviation Department data showed.
Hong Kong has been gripped by sometimes violent protests since June. Demonstrators halted operations at the airport for several days in August.
The Airport Authority did not immediately comment.