Beijing may have two international airports

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Beijing may have two international airports in future, as is the case with Shanghai today.

This is according to Ameco Beijing general manager Andreas Meisel, who says China’s Government has announced the capital will have a new international airport by 2015 but has yet to decide what to do with the existing airport. Ameco is Air China and Lufthansa’s maintenance, repair and overhaul company in Beijing.
It has just completed a new four-bay Airbus A380 hangar and towards the end of this year will complete construction of a new Boeing 747 hangar.

Ameco provides line and heavy maintenance at Beijing’s current airport which this month opened a third terminal in time for the Beijing Olympics in August.

When asked in an interview what Ameco will do when the new airport opens, Meisel says: “It depends what is the concept behind Air China for line maintenance and who will operate at the new airport.”

He adds: “What is Air China doing? Will they split their operation and serve both airports? This is a big question.”
Meisel says Beijing could follow the model set by Shanghai where it has two international airports – the main Shanghai Pudong International Airport and secondary Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

If this occurs it would mean Ameco would need to offer line maintenance at two Beijing airports.

Meisel says the uncertainty has meant Ameco has delayed building a second A380 hangar. He also says the Government has yet to decide on a location for the new airport.

Originally it was due to be located between Beijing and Tianjin near the town of Langfang but Meisel says there is no certainty of this.