The third wave of operational transfers to Beijing’s Daxing international airport has taken place, with China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines shifting to the Chinese capital’s newest airport.
China Eastern states that from 26 April to 2 May, it will gradually move 57 daily flights from Beijing Capital to Daxing.
Together with its subsidiaries Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines, the carrier will eventually shift two-thirds of its Beijing operations to Daxing. In total, it anticipates around 250 flights daily from the new airport. This will make up about 40% of total traffic to the airport by May, on par with compatriot China Southern Airlines, which earlier announced plans to move most of its operations to Daxing.
Domestic destinations which will be moved to Daxing include Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kunming.
Meanwhile, fellow SkyTeam alliance member Xiamen Airlines has moved its entire Beijing operations to Daxing, in time for the 3 May summer schedule season.
From 29 March to 2 May, the airline has moved 44 daily flights and will ramp up the number of flights from the airport in May.
It will operate 54 daily flights during the summer season and 66 during the winter season. Destinations include its hub of Xiamen, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Shanghai.
The carrier adds that by 2025, it will base more than 50 aircraft at Daxing and will look to commence international operations from the airport, such as to Southeast and Northeast Asia.