CHINA. Two new terminals have opened at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which saw its first flight depart to Beijing on Sunday. The terminal buildings are initially linked to three runways, giving an initial capacity of 40 million passengers a year.

The partners in the design and construction of the project are China Airport Construction Group Corporation, ADP Groupe’s architectural arm ADP Ingénierie and China Southwest Architectural Design.

The terminal design is characterised by a circle representing the sky, around which two curve-shaped roofs revolve, to represent a flying sunbird, a symbol of China’s cultural heritage (Photo: ADP Ingénierie & CSWADI)

The two first terminals designed represent an area of more than 600,000sq m and provide 83 aircraft parking stands. The buildings are connected on landside to four high speed railway lines and two metro lines, through a large intermodal ground transportation centre.

Planned future developments at the airport will include a second area in the south for two more terminals and additional runways, which would bring the ultimate capacity up to 90 million passengers a year.

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With the new airport in Jianyang district, approximately 50km east of downtown Chengdu, China’s fourth largest city by population will have a dual international airport system of two complementary airports, mirroring the set up in Shanghai and Beijing.

Terminal 1 will accommodate mainly international flights, while Terminal 2 is fully domestic. The two buildings are distinct but share some architecture with a connecting airside corridor.

The airport said its hospitality standards in the terminals are “up to the best international standards levels for a world-class passenger experience”.

As reported, China Duty Free Group (CDFG) and The Design Solution jointly developed designs for the airside commercial area in the terminal. CDFG won a contract to operate 4,000sq m of retail space.

Groupe ADP Deputy Executive Officer Development Operations Xavier Hürstel said: “The new Tianfu International Airport in Chengdu is a fine example of the expertise developed by Groupe ADP in large-scale airport design, which is part of our DNA as an airports operator and come from decades of experience gained in Paris and through our worldwide network.

“China is a fast-growing and resilient market and Groupe ADP has gained there major references over the past 25 years, contributing in several large-scale airport projects facilities.”

He added: “The successful commissioning of Tianfu International Airport is another remarkable achievement in our long-standing relationship with China. We are, more than ever, committed to play an active role by providing high value-added services that contribute to the smooth expansion of the Chinese airport system.”