The New Beijing Daxing Airport Opens

The main atrium of the new Beijing Daxing Airport. (Photo: N509FZ Wikimedia commons)

Beijing’s new £8.8bn Daxing Airport (IATA: PKX) has opened its doors.

Located around 30 miles (48km) south of the Chinese capital, it covers approximately 7.5 million sq ft (700,000m²), has four runways and 268 aircraft stands. It was formally opened by President Xi Jinping on September 25 and the first departure – one of seven on the opening day – was a China Southern Airlines A380 operating as flight number CZ3001 to Guangzhou (PEK).

The new Daxing Airport will ease the pressure on the already overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) which, in time, it is expected to replace.