Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie (ADPI) has won an international competition to design a new terminal at Haikou Meilan airport situated on Hainan Island in China.
Hainan Meilan International Airport Company, a subsidiary of air transport firm HNA Group, has organised the competition.
ADPI was up against designs from Landrum & Brown, East China Architectural Design and Research Institute, Guangdong province Design Institute, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and BIAD.
ADPI president and CEO Guillaume Sauvé said, "This is another important step in our development in China following the contract for the expansion of Chongqing airport, secured in 2011."
The new X shape terminal will have a surface area of between 250,000m² and 290,000m² and capacity to handle 18 million passengers.
The X-shaped compact design has been adopted to exploit the terminal’s geographical and topographical constraints by working on the idea of compactness.
It will be designed both as a hub as well as an urban centre to offer enhanced passenger comfort and create value for the airport operator.
ADPI will design the terminal in such a way that it will facilitate easy passenger circulation to reduce travel time, as well as minimise construction and operation costs.
Terminal 1 at Haikou Meilan airport has a total capacity of 12 million passengers and currently handles nine million passengers. The terminal is expected to reach full capacity as air traffic increases at Haikou.
Haikou Meilan’s airport management signed an agreement with the Chinese authorities to launch a competition to design a second terminal scheduled to open in 2020 that would sit opposite the existing Terminal 1.
The bidders also had to devise a master plan for the third terminal to increase the passenger handling capacity of the airport to 62 million by 2040.
Image: The new X shape terminal will have a surface area of between 250,000m² and 290,000m² and capacity to handle 18 million passengers. Photo: Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie.