THERE is nothing small about the new Bai Yun International Airport to be built in Guangzhou. The airport's director, Lin Yunxian, said that the state-of-the-art facility would cost 14.85 billion yuan (about HK$13.57 billion) by the time it was completed early in the next century. Airfield engineering is slated to cost 10.71 billion yuan, ATC engineering will cost 1.02 billion yuan, construction of China Southern Airline's facilities 2.62 billion yuan and a refuelling system 500 million yuan. That does not include the cost of a 20-kilometre expressway and light rapid rail transit system linking the airport with central Guangzhou. The new airport, which is to be located about 17 kilometres from the existing international airport, covers an area of about 15.4 square kilometres. According to Mr Lin, the airport will be able to handle all current wide-bodied aircraft and Boeing 777s when they come into service. The first stage of construction, which is soon to get under way, is designed to meet demand until 2005, when it is believed that annual passenger turnover will be 27 million. The existing international airport handled 9.3 million passengers last year. By 2005, the new airport is also expected to handle 740,000 tonnes of cargo and 160,000 air movements annually. In the first phase of construction, two runways - one 4,000 metres long and the other 3,700 metres - will be constructed. There will also be taxi-ways and apron-parking for 72 aircraft at a cost of 1.83 billion yuan. A 2.8 million square foot passenger terminal will include a passenger check-in hall, duty-free shop, shopping centre, Chinese and Western-style restaurants, a waiting room and recreational areas. Mr Lin said the latest technology would be used to make the terminal user-friendly. This will include easy-to-use flight information indicators, automatic baggage sorters and conveyor equipment, a state-of-the-art broadcasting system, a closed circuit television and video surveillance system, aircraft arrival and departure indicators and automatic staircases. The total cost of the passenger terminal will be 2.9 billion yuan. The plans call for a 330,000 sq ft freight building capable of handling 740,000 tonnes of cargo annually. It is expected to cost about 220 million yuan. There will be 160,000 parking spaces capable of accommodating 134 passenger buses, almost 2,000 cars and almost 2,000 taxis. The estimated cost will be about 50 million yuan. A 250,000 sq ft hotel costing 200 million yuan will have shops, restaurants, a recreation area and 800 beds. Mr Lin said that about two square kilometres of land at the existing airport would be redeveloped and used to repay loans taken out to finance construction of the new airport.