Beijing’s Daxing International Airport operational

China Southern Airlines inaugurates commercial flights from PKX

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), also known as Beijing New Airport, was officially opened this week in China. The new facility features a starfish-shaped terminal with five concourses and a whopping seven runways. It is billed as the ‘biggest airport in the world’ and is the second international airport of Beijing along with Beijing Capital International airport.

Image credit: Xinhua

The US$17.5 billion airport was officially opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday [25 September, 2019] morning, with the maiden commercial flight lifting off at 4.23pm, a China Southern Airlines A380 flight from Beijing for Guangzhou. China Southern has the bulk (40%) of flight slots at Daxing International. It’s one of 16 airlines that has committed to operating from the brand new, state-of-the-art airport. Also operating to and from Daxing already are Air China and China Eastern Airlines.

Other airlines that intend to utilise both Beijing Daxing and Beijing Capital include Ethiopian Airlines, Polish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and Finnair. In July, oneworld co-founding member British Airways said it would move switch its entire operation to Daxing effective 27 October, 2019.

Located on Daxing District (the southern suburbs of Beijing), its prime position will serve the Chinese capital and the neighbouring areas of Hebei and Tianjin. The new mega-airport hub is expected to handle up to 45 million passengers per year by 2021 and 100 million eventually.

The airport is 67 kilomtetres from Beijing International Airport, 46 kilometres from Tiananmen Square and 26 kilometres from Langfang City Centre.

For more details, see daxing-pkx-airport.com/

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