US-based Delta Airlines is the latest - and first US carrier - to announce its plans to shift its Beijing operations to the recently opened Daxing Airport.
While no exact date has been mentioned, the move reportedly will take place in March 2020. It will affect its two daily non-stop flights from Beijing to Seattle and Detroit.
“We look forward to moving to our new home in Beijing,” said Wong Hong, Delta’s president – Greater China and Singapore. “The brand-new Daxing International Airport will provide us a great opportunity to better serve the growing needs of our customers in China. As Delta operates in the new mega airport, working with China Eastern side by side, customers will enjoy the improved departure and arrival times, seamless connections, more convenient baggage delivery, and faster security check, customs and boarding/arrival procedures.”
Delta's move would coincide with its China-based partner China Eastern's shift to the new airport. The airline's new VIP lounge at Daxing will be open for Delta One customers and SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members.
“We are excited to have Delta Air Lines as one of the key tenant airlines at the Daxing Airport, which is designed for connection. We share the same goal of providing passengers with seamless and pleasant travel experience,” said Kong Yue, deputy general manager of Daxing International Airport.
“With Delta’s successful move to Daxing Airport, we’ll continue working closely together to ensure passengers arriving and departing in Daxing Airport could enjoy the best-in-class services," Kong added.
Delta joins a growing list of airlines opening new flights or shifting their Beijing operations to Daxing. Among the major foreign airlines Delta will be joining at Daxing include Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, LOT Polish, Finnair, and Royal Brunei Airlines.