Smooth Operators: Who's flying out of Daxing and how to get there

Beijing's Daxing airport is opening next month, here's the lowdown on which airlines are operating where

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Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX) is set to open in September, so with a 90-minute journey time and a distance of almost 80km between Beijing Capital International (PEK) and Daxing, it’s important to be aware of which airport you’re flying from.

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Who, what, where, when?
It is rumoured that Daxing will be the base for Skyteam Airline Alliance members, including Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Air France and KLM but flight routes and operation transfers haven’t yet been confirmed. However, China-based Skyteam members China Southern and China Eastern are already scheduled to start offering services from Daxing beginning September 30. With China Eastern’s subsidiary China United Airlines ending operations at Beijing Nanyuan (NAY) and offering China-wide flights from the new airport.

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Here is a guide to the airlines beginning operations at Daxing from the end of September 2019.

The following list is for the operators at Beijing Daxing (PKX):

British Airways: Beijing to London Heathrow to start from October 28 2019
China Southern Airlines: Beijing to Ho Chi Minh City to start from October 27 2019
China United Airlines (subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines): Beijing to cities across China, including Changsha, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Lanzhou, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Shenzhen, Xiamen and many more, to start from September 30 2019
Finnair: Beijing to Helsinki to start from November 3 2019
LOT Polish Airlines: Beijing to Warsaw-Chopin to start from October 29 2019
Malaysia Airlines: Beijing to Kuala Lumpur International Airport to start from December 31 2019

The majority of operators will continue to work out of Beijing Capital International, but be vigilant when booking tickets.

The Beijing Capital International (PEK) airlines are as follows:

Air Algérie
Air Astana
Air Canada
Air China: Beijing to Honolulu route ends August 27 2019
Air France
Air Koryo
Air Macau
Air Asia X
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
Austrain Airlines
Azerbaijan Airlines
Beijing Capital Airlines: Beijing to Lisbon route resumes August 30 2019, Beijing to Xi’an route begins August 30 2019
British Airways: Beijing to London Heathrow finishing October 27 2019, relocating to Daxing
Cambodia Angkor Air
Cathay Dragon
Cathay Pacific
Cebu Pacific
China Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines operated by Chongqing Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Donghai Airlines
El Al
Ethiopian Airlines
Etihad Airways
Garuda Indonesia
Grand China Air
Hainan Airlines: Beijing to Edinburgh and Beijing to Dublin routes finish October 13 2019
Hong Kong Airlines
Japan Airlines
Jeju Air
Jiangxi Air
Juneyao Airlines
Korean Air
Loong Air
Lucky Air
Mahan Air
Malaysia Airlines: Beijing to Kuala Lumpur finishing December 31 2019, services will relocate to Daxing
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
NordStar Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Qatar Airways
S7 Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines
Shandong Airlines
Shanghai Airlines
Shenzhen Airlines
Sichuan Airlines
Singapore Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
Thai AirAsia
Thai Aiways
Tibet Airlines
Turkmenistan Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines
Ural Airlines
Uzbekistan Airways
Vietname Airlines
XiamenAir: Beijing to Hong Kong route begins October 27 2019

The lists provided are only an indication of which airlines are operating and the routes provided from each of Beijing’s airports. It is important to check your tickets and bookings to confirm where you are flying from.

Getting to Daxing Airport
There are a couple of ways to get to Daxing Airport by public transport:

Jingxiong Inter-city Rail: This fast train, travelling at 250kmh departs from Beijing West Station and takes a quick 20 minutes to reach the north section of Daxing Airport. They expect to run just six trains a day initially though this will increase as passenger volumes increase.

New Airport Line: This dedicated train will run from Caoqiao Station (Line 10) in Fengtai district and Daxing Airport. Travelling at 160kmh, it is expected to take 19 minutes to reach the airport.

Airport buses: There will be six bus routes with destinations to the city that include Beijing Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Tongzhou, Fangshan and Xuanwumen.

Taxi: It will cost roughly 230RMB (or 270RMB with DiDi) and depending on traffic, take you anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Daxing Airport from Sanlitun.

Eventually there will be more connections to the city though we recommend you book flights that you don’t need to transfer between Beijing’s two international airports as there isn’t a direct route (yet) that connects them.

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