In late September 2019, Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport opened, which will be Beijing’s new mega-airport (not that Beijing Capital Airport wasn’t already huge). The terminal at the airport is the second largest airport terminal in the world (after New Istanbul Airport), with over 11 million square feet.
Airlines Are Slowly Moving To Daxing Airport
As you’d expect, not all airlines are moving to Beijing Daxing Airport overnight, since that would be a bit of a mess. For that matter, not all airlines are moving to Beijing Daxing Airport at all, as Beijing Capital Airport is still a modern facility, so the city hopes to have two huge airports.
In general you can expect that:
- Oneworld and SkyTeam airlines will be moving to Beijing Daxing Airport
- Star Alliance airlines as well as Hainan Airlines will stay at Beijing Capital Airport
There will be exceptions, though. For example, LOT Polish is part of the Star Alliance, but they’ll fly to Beijing Daxing Airport starting in January 2020. Similarly, Air China will operate some flights out of the new Beijing Daxing Airport.
As far as US airlines go, we can expect that both American and Delta will be moving to Beijing Daxing Airport, while United will remain at Beijing Capital Airport.
Delta’s Move To Beijing Daxing Airport
Delta has updated their schedule to reflect their move to Beijing Daxing Airport.
As of March 28, 2020, Delta will adjust their operations from Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) to Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX). The airline operates two daily flights to Beijing, out of Detroit and Seattle.
The Detroit flight is operated daily using an A350-900, with the following schedule:
DL189 Detroit to Beijing departing 12:50PM arriving 2:00PM (+1 day)
DL188 Beijing to Detroit departing 5:15PM arriving 6:50PM
The Seattle flight is operated daily using a 767-300, with the following schedule:
DL129 Seattle to Beijing departing 3:29PM arriving 6:15PM (+1 day)
DL128 Beijing to Seattle departing 11:45AM arriving 8:20AM
It’s not yet known when American will make the move to Daxing Airport, though I imagine it won’t be too much later.
I’m hoping to check out Beijing Daxing Airport soon, though as of now it hasn’t really worked with my travel plans. Furthermore, I’ve been waiting for more lounges to open, and also for the airport to get more traffic, to get a better sense of how crowded it will be.
The new airport looks great, so I’m curious to see what the experience is like as a passenger. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Beijing Capital Airport, even though that’s pretty as well.
Has anyone flown to the new Daxing Airport? If so, what was your experience like?