American Airlines will begin flights to the world’s biggest airport – the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) – from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) on March 27, 2021 using its Boeing 787-8.
“Moving to Daxing International Airport in Beijing when flights return in March is going to offer our customers access to a state-of-the-art airport, with ease of connections as we plan to codeshare with our strategic partner, China Southern,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “While there is so much uncertainty in travel right now, we want to be well positioned to serve our customers, shareholders and team members with the best service, convenience and products all over the world when they’re ready. Daxing is very much a part of that bright future.”
The relocation to PKX will offer tremendous benefits for customers. PKX offers incredible new facilities and services, and currently utilizes four runways, with the ambition to increase to seven in the future. And while the terminal spans 700,000 square meters, customers will never have to walk more than eight minutes to a gate.
Before flights were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American and China Southern codeshared on flights beyond Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and intend to codeshare on flights beyond PKX, which will bring enhanced benefits to the customer experience.
American is currently operating cargo flights to PEK, which will continue through the end of March. Customers booked on flights to PEK will be re-accommodated with optimal flight times for seamless connections at DFW.
PKX is expected to be able to handle 72 million passengers a year by 2025.