Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3

  • Gross floor area: 930,000m2.
  • Capacity: over 80m passengers per year.


Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 sets a new global standard for passenger experience, operational efficiency and sustainable design, providing a modern gateway to China and a new iconic structure for Beijing.

The terminal provides a much-needed expansion in response to the increased passenger influx driven by China’s economic boom and the Beijing Olympics. The addition of Terminal 3 and the third runway will increase the airport’s capacity from 35m to over 80m passengers per year.

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One of the fundamental principles governing the terminal design was to make it as welcoming and functional as possible. There are few changes of level, short distances between destinations and quick transfer times.  

Terminal 3 is also one of the world’s more environmentally sustainable airport terminal buildings, designed to respond to Beijing’s cold winters and hot summers. Its soaring, aerodynamic roof uses skylights to make the most of the sun’s heat and light, bathing passengers in shades of red and gold as they move through the lofty building.  

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The modular structural form of Terminal 3 has allowed a fast construction programme – just over four years from the start of the design work to opening in early 2008.

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