While the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak has dominated much of the aviation headlines, United Arab Emirates'-based Etihad is the latest airline to announce plans to shift its operations in Beijing to Daxing Airport.
Starting June 1, the airline will shift the operation of its flights at Beijing-Capital to Daxing. This will include Etihads services from Beijing to both Abu Dhabi and Nagoya.
Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “In October last year, Abu Dhabi Airports Company inked a sister-airport partnership with Beijing Daxing International Airport, which will strengthen the capital-to-capital link. Today, we are proud to announce that Etihad Airways will be one of the first airlines in the region to move to Beijing’s iconic Daxing International Airport.
Kamark addressed the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and the effect on global aviation and affirmed the commitment of the airline to serve the Chinese market.
“Whilst the spread of COVID-19 has posed a major challenge for all airlines serving China, with a massive drop in demand on key routes, we remain optimistic that the situation will improve by the summer and we continue serving Beijing from Abu Dhabi presently, demonstrating our unwavering support and commitment to our Chinese partners and the China market as a whole,” Mr. Kamark added.
Etihad operates daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing, which continues on to Nagoya. Due to the outbreak, the Beijing-Nagoya segment is currently suspended.