Beijing, China - The new Beijing airport was officially opened today by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Daxing International Airport (PKX) is expected to reduce the increasing air traffic pressure on the Chinese capital.
The first commercial flight from Daxing International Airport departed at 4.23 pm (local time) today. It was an Airbus A380 from China Southern Airlines heading Guangzhou as its final destination.
The Daxing International Airport has a futuristic terminal building that is built in the shape of a starfish. With an area of 700,000 square meters, it is one of the largest airport terminals in the world.
The airport is located about fifty kilometers south of the city center. Initially, 16 airlines will operate flights on 116 routes (101 domestic and 15 international) from the partially activated airport.
China Eastern, British Airways, Finnair and Polish LOT are among the major carriers to operate scheduled flights from and to the Daxing International.
In 2021, Beijing's newly opened airport will welcome around 45 million passengers. This number is expected to reach 73 million by 2025.