In preparation for the anticipated opening of the Beijing Daxing Airport later this year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) released its plan detailing the assignments for Chinese carriers called “one city, two airports.”

The plan will involve moving some Chinese carriers serving Beijing Capital Airport from the end of 2019 to 2021, and require the carriers to operate at one of the two Beijing area hubs. The CAAC identified Chinese carriers such as China Southern, China Eastern, Beijing Capital Airlines and China United Airlines as the carriers that would move to the new airport. Air China, Hainan Airlines and Grand China Air are expected to remain at Capital Airport. The exception of the policy will be with China Postal Airlines.

Foreign carriers and domestic airlines not assigned to either terminal serving Beijing, including those from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan will have the option to serve either airport.

Once it opens in September, the Daxing Airport is expected to help alleviate the capacity constraints at Beijing Capital Airport serving 100 million passengers per year. Located 45 kilometers (~28 miles) from Beijing center, the airport is expected to accommodate 72 million passengers a year by 2025 and will be connected to the Chinese capital by a high speed rail service. It will become the world’s largest airport with 4 runways, 268 parking bays, and a 700,000 square meter terminal area.

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