World's new gateway to China

By Yuan Shenggao | Updated: 2022-04-28

Beijing Daxing International Airport Economic Zone has become an important tool for development

Located in the hinterland of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster and boasting the comprehensive transportation methods of aviation, highways and railways, Beijing Daxing International Airport is driving the development of the region.

Known as the new gateway of China, it has become an important tool for the country to focus on the future development of world-class urban areas.


Director of the development and reform department at the management committee of the airport economic zone in Daxing district said the airport's average daily passenger throughput has exceeded 100,000.

The yearly cargo and mail throughput of the airport is expected to reach 4 million metric tons in the next few years.

The economic zone of Daxing airport, with an overall control area of about 1,028 square kilometers and a core area of about 150 sq km, is the only advantageous area in the country that has free trade zone policies of two regions and cities at the same time.

Among them, the Daxing part is 50 sq km, and the Hebei Langfang part is about 100 sq km.

The 50 sq km of Daxing is further divided into two areas: the eastern area of the airport is 24 sq km, with a comprehensive bonded area, an international aviation community, an international convention and exhibition center, an international consumption hub, an international school and a central ecological park.

The western area is 26 sq km, with services such as healthcare, an international talent community, science and technology innovation zone and hospital.


Beijing Daxing International Airport's advantages are mainly in the high starting point of national strategies and the late-mover advantage in planning and construction.

The urban design of the airport economic zone and the industrial planning to promote its sustainable development are determined with the life and health industry as the lead, high-end services and aviation security as the two basic sectors as well as new-generation information technologies and advanced equipment.

The management committee has also sorted out a list of idea invitations, targeting more than 400 leading companies, promoting the development of two complexes, an international convention and exhibition center and an international consumption hub, and planning four major areas: a comprehensive bonded area, a smart logistics area, an international aviation community, and an international life and health community.

The airport economic zone will build six major industrial parks, including the International Aviation Headquarters Park, the Biomedical Incubator, and the International Business Complex.

Innovative incubation projects such as Aige Stem Cell, Shanghai Cell, and Sino Valley have already landed in the zone's Innovation Center.

The contracted projects in the life and health fields have started construction, focusing on aviation industry projects such as the Civil Aviation Airworthiness Certification Center.

Within the area of about 100 sq km in Langfang, more than half of the area is used for overall management and control of natural environment such as rivers, corridors, forests and farmland.

"If Beijing Daxing International Airport is a phoenix head, here we are a phoenix body, a wing and a feather," said deputy director of the management committee of the airport economic zone in Langfang.

He said the goal is to make Langfang area a model of green and high-quality growth in Hebei, a large platform for the coordinated development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and a world-class aviation city.

From 2019 to 2035, the Langfang part of the Daxing airport economic zone will build 902 construction and public service facilities, with a total investment of about 95 billion yuan ($14.5 billion).


Airport Economic Zone

The airport economic zone in Beijing is divided into two parts: the eastern area and the western area. The western area covers 26 square kilometers with industries such as international life health, international technology innovation, international schooling, international hospitals, living support facilities and much more. The eastern area covers 24 square kilometers with areas including a central ecopark, an international convention and exhibition center, an international shopping complex, comprehensive bonded zones and more.

Pilot Free Trade Zone

The only airport-based Pilot Free Trade Zone in China, which enjoys favorable policies of two Pilot Free Trade Zones and seeks to expand them. The High-end Industrial Area of China (Beijing) Pilot FTZ covers 10.36 square kilometers and focuses on industries including international finance, cultural innovation, biotechnology and health. The Beijing area of China (Hebei) Pilot FTZ Daxing airport area covers 9.97 square kilometers, supporting industries including aviation logistics, aviation technology, aircraft maintenance, aviation training, international exhibition and commerce, and financial leasing.

Comprehensive Bonded Zone

The coordinated development of the zone integrates planning, policies, standards, control and assessment. Beijing Daxing International Airport Comprehensive Bonded Zone is 4.35 square kilometers, the joint action of airport economic zone to build the most effective customs check and realize the connection between the bonded functional area and the port functional area. It includes 3.51 square kilometers of bonded functional zone (1.76 square kilometers each in Beijing and Hebei) and 0.83 square each kilometers of port functional zone.