British Airways will switch its direct Beijing flights from London Heathrow Airport to new state-of-the-art Beijing Daxing International Airport from 27 October 2019.
The London to Beijing route will continue as a daily service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 in the winter and a Boeing 777-300 in the summer, with four cabins. The service will operate as usual to Beijing Capital International Airport until then.
The carrier is the first international airline to confirm it will move all operations to Beijing Daxing, in recognition of its importance in driving travel between China and the UK and its offer of a world-class customer experience.
British Airways says with a massive 52,000 square metres available for retail, food and beverage and service, facilities at Beijing Daxing for its customers will include over 300 shops and restaurants and for those eligible access to a brand-new partner lounge.
The new airport is approximately 50km from both Beijing city centre and the Xiong’an New Area and only 80km from Tianjin.
British Airways’ executive vice president in Greater China and the Philippines, Noella Ferns said the move will support the carrier’s ambition to increase leisure and business travel between China and the UK”.
Beijing Daxing, which is due to open in September 2019, will initially house four runways and one terminal building. In the future, it is set to include an additional three runways and a second terminal building, serving 100 million customers each year.
The move will also help British Airways to strengthen and develop its network through its codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines, which will also be based at the new airport.