Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will move from the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to the Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) in March 2020. Delta’s relocation will come at a time when its SkyTeam partner China Eastern has announced moving its services to Daxing Airport, which will ensure smooth and convenient international-domestic connections for customers from both airlines.
“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 connection, more convenient baggage delivery, and faster security check, customs and boarding/arrival procedures.”
“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 passenger arriving and departing in Daxing Airport could enjoy the best-in-class services.”
Delta’s two nonstop daily services from Beijing to Detroit and Seattle will move to Daxing Airport, from which customers will eventually have access to over 30 cities across China through codeshare flights with China Eastern. Moreover, China Eastern’s new international VIP lounges at Daxing Airport will be open to Delta One customers and SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion members. China Eastern is expected to move most of the flights except for the Beijing-Shanghai route to Beijing-Daxing services in the first quarter of 2020.
Delta’s Beijing-Detroit daily flights are now served by the airline’s flagship long-haul Airbus A350. The Beijing-Seattle daily flights will adopt the new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft by the first half of 2020. By then, Delta’s service into Beijing will feature its premium on-board products including Delta One suites, and will provide an industry-leading customer experience at the new state-of-the-art airport facility.
In September, Delta moved its service in Shanghai to the new Shanghai Pudong International Airport Satellite 1 Terminal. Delta operates four nonstop daily services from Shanghai Pudong to major U.S. gateways including Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles and Atlanta. By the first half of 2020, Delta’s all six nonstop daily services from China to the U.S. will be served by the flagship A350 and the new A330-900neo, or the newly retrofitted B777 aircraft, which are equipped with the airline’s next-generation Delta One suite and Delta Premium Select products.
Beijing Daxing International Airport, one of the world's leading integrated transportation hubs, covers a terminal area of 700,000 square meters and is expected to handle 72 million passenger trips a year by 2025. Located around 46 kilometers to the south of the Beijing city center and on the border of Hebei Province, the new airport is accessible via the new subway Daxing Airport Express, and Beijing–Xiong'an Intercity Railway. *
Passengers may find useful information on Delta PKX webpage: https://www.delta.com/us/en/airports/asia/beijing-daxing-overview
*Source: Beijing Daxing International Airport