One month after the grand opening, Beijing’s Daxing Airport gradually started its international services. Air China launched the airport’s first international flight to Bangkok on Sunday morning.
Daxing Airport is the second airport in Beijing, the Beijing Capital Airport handled 101 million passengers last year and needed a modern airport to meet public demand in the future.
The new jumbo airport officially opened on Sept. 25 but only provided domestic services. Daxing Airport currently has destinations in Europe and Asia at the moment, but no North American city thus far.
The Star Alliance members have stayed at Capital Airport but some carriers will move to Daxing. LOT Polish Airways and Finnair announced they will start to serve the new airport in November and will provide new services from Warsaw and Helsinki respectively. Also, Malaysia Airlines will switch services to Daxing from Capital Airport on Jan. 1.
In addition, British Airways became the first international airline to fly into Daxing with the maiden flight landing in Beijing on Sunday morning. British Airways’ Executive Vice President in Greater China and the Philippines said in a statement, “This stunning and innovative new airport and the world class customers experience it provides will play an important part of our strategy to increase travel between China, the UK and beyond.”
In the meantime, China Southern Airlines moved its Beijing-Hong Kong services to Daxing on Sunday. Also, the new airport becomes the Chinese carrier’s second hub in the country as it was allotted 40 percent of the airport’s slots.
Meanwhile, Himalaya Airlines launched a brand new three times weekly flight to Beijing Daxing Airport on Oct. 27. The carrier expects the new route may bring over 40,000 Chinese passengers to Nepal annually.
“Direct flight between Beijing and Kathmandu has added a new avenue in Sino-Nepal relations. We hope more Chinese tourists would visit Nepal,” Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai said.
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