New Passenger terminal
Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Qingdao, in Shandong Province, China. It is about 31 kilometres from the city center. Qingdao is a focus city for China Eastern Airlines and Shandong Airlines.
From 2004 to 2006, the airport underwent an expansion of its terminal as well as adding more parking spaces which was part of its initial 2010 goal to expand Liuting Airport to handle 5.2 million passengers annually or 2,400 passengers and almost 120,000 tons of cargo annualy. The runway was also extended to its current length.
As for 2011, Qingdao Liuting International Airport was the 16th busiest airport in the People’s Republic of China with 11.7 million passengers.
Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture the rectangular terminal, 297m by 86m, constitutes one of four buildings around a courtyard. The ground floor accommodates the arrival zone. A red cube accommodating all security controls for arriving and departing passengers penetrates the entire building.
The departure concourse is planned as a unique shopping mall, mixing retail units, cafes and bars with seating areas aligned along the airside. This spatial arrangement facilitates last minute shopping before boarding.