Strategically located, the city of Shandong is part of a network of metropolis within the
Blue economic Zone. This economic program promotes trade relations between the northern countries Korea and Japan and Hong Kong. In this regards, Qingdao has launched a public competition for the design and construction of a new airport. The scheme includes the design of the master plan and a new terminal, which should give a boost to civil aviation, both passenger and cargo flights. The new airport located 40 km north of the city center, on the west bank of Dagu river, will be part of the national transport infrastructure. The new terminal, to replace the existing one, will operate mainly domestic and cargo flights. The design should allow phased development within a 18.3 km2 site, to process 38 million passengers/year in 2025 and 58 to 60 million passengers/year in 2045 RBTA local partner was the chinese design company BIAD.