Until now, travellers who flew to Beijing in China had PEK (Beijing Capital International airport) as their main gateway into the city. However, from September 30, 2019 onwards, they may land in PKX (Daxing International), the second largest single-terminal airport in the world after the recently inaugurated Istanbul airport and a major aviation hub in China that will serve the areas of Daxing, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. In view of this, which airport in Beijing should you fly to? It will largely depend on the airline you book your flight with. Continue reading to find out the domestic and international carriers that will fly from the new Daxing airport and the airlines that will stay in Beijing Capital airport, as well as how to commute between the two air travel hubs among other travel recommendations.
Airlines flying from Daxing International airport and airlines flying from Beijing Capital airport in China
Once Beijing Daxing airport starts its operations, its four runways will help relieve the current traffic overload at Beijing Capital International, thanks to the relocation of airlines to the new terminal in Northern China.
If you want to find out whether your airline of choice will have its base at the new Daxing airport, the main fact to be taken into account is that member airlines of the SkyTeam alliance are expected to fly from Daxing (PKX), whereas those belonging to Star Alliance alongside Shenzhen Airlines Hainan Airlines will fly from Beijing Capital (PEK).
Notwithstanding that, some Chinese carriers may continue operating some of their routes from PEK while a high volume of its flights will take off from Daxing, contingent upon the different agreements for each route with the two airports. This might be the case with Air China –which will keep its main base in Beijing Capital-, China Southern and China Eastern, so you are advised to confirm your arrival airport when booking your flight, especially when travelling from Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul or Shanghai.
And last but not least, and in order to satisfy the rising demand for flights between Beijing and Shanghai in China, both Daxing and Beijing Capital will handle routes to and from Pudong and Hongqiao airports at a frequency of more than twenty times per day.
International airlines flying to and from Daxing airport in China
Most carriers that have been flying to Beijing from overseas, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as is the case with Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Delta, will remain operating at both airports. Besides, some major international airlines have already confirmed routes to China’s Daxing airport starting next autumn: British Airways (from London Heathrow), LOT Polish Airlines (from Warsaw Chopin) and Finnair (from Helsinki); while others will start flying to Daxing from winter 2019 onwards, like Malaysia Airlines (from Kuala Lumpur).
How to get to Daxing airport or commute to and from Beijing Capital airport China
China’s brand new airport, Daxing, is located 46 kilometres away from Tian’anmen Square in Beijing and, in turn, the two airports in the city are 65 kilometres apart from each other. Although such distances may seem long, the effective ground transportation means available allow arriving and departing passengers to commute to the city and from one airport to another in a fast and affordable manner.
Travelling from Daxing airport to the city
There will be two main public transport options connecting Daxing airport with Beijing city centre: the airport express line of the Beijing Subway network (10) and a newly-built high-speed train line linking the downtown to the Daxing district and the areas of Bazhou and Xiong’an, making a stop at Daxing International along the way.
Travelling from Beijing Capital International to the new Daxing airport
After the opening of Daxing International airport in China, it is expected that the Intercity Railway Connector will transport passengers from Beijing Capital International to the Tongzhou Dsitrict, Yizhuang, Lanfang and the brand new terminal in Daxing.
Layover in Beijing Capital airport (PEK)
Provided that, instead of flying to Daxing, you will be landing in or having a layover in Beijing Capital International airport on your trip to China, we recommend that you check whether your country is one of the 53 that allow you to be granted a 144-hour visa free transit permit to explore Beijing and its surrounding regions. In order to make the most of your layover, you can also stay in a hotel close to PEK airport.