Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, China, has unveiled ambitious commercial plans for its new Terminal 3, which will feature 88 units across 11,400m2. The new facility is scheduled to open in March 2012. It will handle 22 million domestic passengers, with China Eastern and China Southern the leading carriers.
In 2009, UK-based The Design Solution was appointed to carry out the overall commercial planning for the facility. In 2010, this appointment was extended to include the detailed design of the main commercial areas. According to The Design Solution and Fraport, which manages the airport (and owns a 24.5% share in the business), “Xi'an will set new standards in China in terms of planning and design of the commercial areas within a major terminal complex, and in delivering a ‘best-of-class’ retail mix to its customers.”
The main retail area will be developed in two phases. The first phase is planned to open in March 2012 and the second phase about two years later. In the first phase there will be a central seating area with retail located to the north and anchored by major food and beverage outlets. Kiosk retailing and small food and beverage outlets will be integrated within the seating area. The second phase will extend this section of the terminal building on two levels, adding retail along the southern apron façade, with food and beverage facilities located on a mezzanine above. The character of the space has been designed to be 'contemporary and elegant' with a number of elements that reflect local history, culture and character, according to Passenger Terminal Today.com.