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.