Xiamen Gaoqi Airport started to construct a new terminal building on Oct 22 to meet the requirement for the increasing number of passengers.
The new terminal building, scheduled to be completed in June 2014, is designed to handle an annual throughput of 27 million passengers, more than twice the 2010 volume of 13.2 million, airport authorities said.
The new terminal is part of Xiamen Gaoqi Airport's expansion package, which also includes a logistic center, new parking aprons, a new runway and garage. The entire project will cost 4.17 billion yuan (653 million U.S. dollars).
Xiamen is a port city in Fujian Province. In the longer term, the city is expected to build a new airport in 2013. The planned Xiang'an Airport, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will have three 3,600-meter long runways, accommodate more than 200 jets and handle more than 30 million passengers annually.