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An Air Macau A321 (Photo: Melv_L – MACASR [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])

Air Macau to Launch Beijing Daxing Flights This Month

Air Macau, Macau’s flag carrier, has plans to fly non-stop between Macau and Beijing Daxing Airport. The service will operate daily starting on Jan. 13, Business Traveller reports.

The carrier’s flight will depart Macau at 9:35 a.m. and arrive at Daxing at 12:30 p.m. The return flight will depart Daxing at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in Macau at 5:10 p.m. Both services will be operated by Airbus A321 aircraft.

The flight from Macau to Daxing will use flight number NX020 to celebrate its 20th year under Chinese control. The region was previously controlled by Portugal.

Air Macau already operates four daily flights to Beijing Capital Airport, which Daxing is intended to support. The airline has not announced any plans to alter those services, which operate as NX006, NX002, NX010, and NX008 from Macau to Capital Airport and NX007, NX005, NX001, and NX009 from Capital Airport to Macau. Like Air Macau’s newest service to Daxing, all of the flights to Capital Airport are operated by the A321.

Air Macau is the only airline from Macau to operate at the new airport. It is also the only carrier from any of China’s special authoritative regions, perhaps most notably including Hong Kong. to operate to Daxing; neither are there flights from Taiwan to Daxing.

Five other major airlines are planning services to Daxing, including three starting later in January. Malaysia Airlines began flying to Daxing on Jan. 1, becoming the first international airline to utilize the airport. Malaysia’s national carrier operates 10 weekly flights between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

LOT Polish will launch its four-times-weekly service to Daxing on Jan. 15, two days after Air Macau’s new service will begin. LOT will continue three weekly services to Capital Airport, increasing its flight frequency in Beijing to daily.

Royal Air Maroc will begin flights from Casablanca to Daxing on Jan. 17 with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Delta Air Lines will move its operations to Daxing later this year in March. It will make its move along with fellow SkyTeam member China Eastern, who will move all of its services to Daxing except for its Beijing-Shanghai offering. The airlines’ move reflects Daxing’s new role as a hub for SkyTeam alliance members.

Beijing Daxing Airport officially opened on Sept. 25., and public flights at the airport began on Sept. 26. In addition to Beijing, it will serve China’s Tianjin and Hebei regions.

Daxing Airport is targeted to serve 72 million passengers, 2 million tons of cargo, and 620,000 aircraft movements by 2025. There are hopes that it will eventually serve as many as 100 million passengers.

John McDermott
John McDermott
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