Brand New Beijing Airport – Welcome to Beijing Daxing Airport

Discover Beijing’s New Mega Airport with LTL

The new Beijing Daxing Airport is open and it’s impressive beyond words!

In Chinese the airport is spelt – 北京大兴国际机场 (běijīng dàxīng guójì jīchǎng)

China generally pulls out all the stops when trying to impress the world with its new structures, whether it be high-speed rail, skyscrapers or now, airports!

  • Beijing Daxing Airport - International Departures
  • Beijing Daxing Airport - Looking to the Security Gates

Beijing Daxing Airport is absolutely no exception. Inside and out, this airport is a masterclass in design, structure and accessibility, as you are about to see…

Beijing Daxing Airport || Facts about Daxing Airport

Beijing Daxing Airport || Where is Daxing Airport

Beijing Daxing Airport || What to Eat

Beijing Daxing Airport || From Daxing Airport to LTL School

Beijing Daxing Airport || From Daxing Airport to Beijing City Centre

Beijing Daxing Airport || Beijing Daxing Airlines

Beijing Daxing Airport || FAQs

Before we get going, let’s take a look inside Beijing Daxing Airport with Campbell and Max (featuring their helper Bianca).

Beijing Daxing Airport – What to expect

Facts about Beijing Daxing Airport

Fact #1: Daxing Airport is nicknamed The Starfish

If you’re wondering why the new airport has been nicknamed The Starfish then all you’ll need to do is look at an aerial view of it...

Designed by Zaha Hadid the airport is made up of 5 connecting concourses with bright orange roofs making it resemble a Starfishes’ arms.

Nickname makes a lot of sense now, right?!

Beijing Daxing Airport – Now you see why it’s nicknamed “the starfish”

Fact #2: Daxing is the world’s largest single-structure airport terminal

At a MASSIVE 700,000 sq metres Beijing Daxing Airport has four runways and 82 departure gates.

If that sounds like a lot of gates to travel through to board your flight, don’t worry it only takes a maximum of 8 minutes to travel to any gate once through security.

So despite the size, the design is purposely efficient, meaning your airport experience is a smooth one, even if you are at the dreaded furthest gate!

Fact #3: The airport code for Beijing Daxing Airport is PKX

Make sure you don’t get the code mixed up with the one for Beijing Capital Airport which is PEK.

Otherwise you’re in for a long journey to the other side of Beijing!

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Exploring Beijing’s Railway Stations || Comprehensive Guide to Navigating the City’s Rail Hub

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Fact #4: The new airport cost 80 billion CNY (11.4 billion USD) to build

Yes, that seems like a crazy amount of money, but as Beijing Daxing Airport is expected to become the busiest airport in the world it looks like that investment is going to pay off.

How busy you ask, get this:

45 million passengers are expected to pass through Daxing Airport by 2021, four years later, 72 million will head to Daxing, and around 100 million by 2040.

MIND.BLOWING.NUMBERS

Fact #5: Beijing Daxing Aiport is located 46km south of Tiananmen Square

Daxing Airport - Showcasing Beijing's most popular sites
Daxing Airport – Showcasing Beijing’s most popular sites

Although the new airport is located quite a bit further away from central Beijing than Beijing Capital Aiport, a new Airport Express Metro Line means it’s still easy to get to.

Beijing is actually a city built on an axis so the sites such as the Temple of Heaven and Tian’anmen Square are all lined up perfectly in the city of Beijing

If you walked straight, from this exact point, you are given the distances.

Pretty cool feature there from Daxing Airport!

Fact #6: Daxing will have the initial capacity of 300 take-offs and landings an hour

And that’s just the start!

The airport currently has 4 runways with plans to expand to 7.

The airport will make the air traffic in Beijing much more tolerable, with more and more flights coming from PEK to PKX, allowing Beijing to welcome more flights and passengers than ever before.

Where is Daxing Airport?

Daxing Airport is located south of Beijing in the suburb, funnily enough known as Daxing.

The location is quite a distance from the centre of Beijing in comparison to Capital airport which is perhaps more conveniently located in the area of Shunyi (where many International schools and English teachers are based).

Here are some key numbers:

  • Daxing Airport is 46 kilometres / 29 miles south from the central point of Beijing.
  • Daxing Airport is 65 kilometres / 29 miles south from Beijing Capital airport.
    • NOTE – If you book a flight that means you have to transfer in Beijing from airport to airport BE SURE TO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME (we are talking hours here). The journey is not short and although 65 kilometres does not sound incredibly far, the journey either on public transport or on the road, takes plenty of time.

Daxing Airport is 57.8 kilometres / 36 miles south of LTL School, below is a map illustrating the route in a car from Daxing to LTL, which would take an hour (take this figure with a pinch of salt given the inevitable traffic that you will probably stumble across.)

What to Eat at Daxing Airport?

No surprises that Daxing Airport is fully equipped with food and drink of all kinds.

The airport spans over 4 floors in total and each one is equipped with plenty of big hitters giving you plenty of choice.

Croissant Village in Beijing Daxing
Croissant Village in Beijing Daxing

Daxing isn’t just an airport, it’s a place Beijing wants you to feel comfortable in, somewhere you can actually enjoy your time.

Airports can be stressful, rushed, awkward, and irritating at the best of times, especially in a city the size of Beijing… Daxing Airport aims to take that feeling away.

Here’s some recognisable brands you can enjoy at Beijing Daxing Airport:

  • McDonalds
  • KFC
  • Blue Frog
  • Luckin’ Coffee (cashless coffee)
  • Starbucks (just the 4 of them)
  • Costa Coffee
  • Croissant Village
  • Ajisen Ramen
  • Element Fresh
  • Godiva

In fact, the airport hosts over 100 different places to eat and drink so your choices are wide. Enjoy!

Plenty of coffee options at Beijing Daxing
Plenty of coffee options at Beijing Daxing

How to get from Daxing Airport to LTL Mandarin School Beijing?

  • Go to floor B1 of Daxing Airport to get your ticket for the Metro.
  • Go down to floor B2 to get on the new Airport Express Metro Line to Caiqiao Station (草桥 Cǎo qiáo) which is on Line 10.
  • Take Line 10 to Guomao Station (国贸 Guómào) where you’ll need to change to Line 1.
  • Go one stop East on line 1 to Dawanglu Station (大望路 Dàwàng lù) where you’ll need to get off.
  • Take Exit B and, turn left and you will pass by KFC, on the first corner, turn left again, you will see Building B (B 座) on your left side.

Price: Airport Express Metro 35 CNY, Caiqiao to Dawanglu 5 CNY
Time: Airport Express about 20 mins, Caiqiao to Dawanglu about 35 mins
Operating Times: Airport Express open 06:00 to 22:30

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Beijing Metro Map: Discover all 490 Stations and 27 Lines

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about all 27 lines, which ones to take for famous sites, how to buy tickets and travel tips.

How to get from Daxing Airport to Beijing City Centre

NOTE – We are using Tian’anmen Square as the “City Centre” of Beijing.

  • Go to floor B1 of Daxing Airport to get your ticket for the Metro.
  • Go down to floor B2 to get on the new Airport Express Metro Line to Caiqiao Station (草桥 Cǎo qiáo) which is on Line 10.
  • Go one stop east on Line 10 to Jiaomen West Station (角门西 Jiǎomén xī) and change to Line 4.
  • Take Line 4 north to Xidan Station (西单 Xīdān) and change to Line 1.
  • Take Line 1 two stops east to Tiananmen East Station (天安门东 Tiān’ānmén dōng).
Use the quick and efficient Daxing Airport Express
Use the quick and efficient Daxing Airport Express

Price: Airport Express Metro 35 CNY, Caiqiao to Tiananmen East 4 CNY
Time: Airport Express about 20 mins, Caiqiao to Tiananmen East about 26 mins
Operating Times: Airport Express open 06:00 to 22:30

Beijing Daxing Airlines

A number of airlines have moved all flights from Capital Airport (PEK) to Daxing Airport (PKX).

This list is constantly changing but as of November 2023, these airlines now all fly to Daxing Airport.

AirlineIATA
AEROFLOTSU
AIR ALGERIEAH
AIR ASIAD7
AIR ASTANAKC
AIR CANADAAC
AIR CHINACA
AIR FRANCEAF
AIR KORYOJS
AIR LEISUREAL
AIR MACAUNX
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYSNH
AMERICAN AIRLINESAA
ASIANA AIRLINESOZ
AURORA AIRLINESHZ
AUSTRIAN AIRLINESOS
AZERBAIJAN AIRLINESJ2
BEIJING CAPITAL AIRLINESJD
BRITISH AIRWAYSBA
CAMBODIA ANGKOR AIRK6
CATHAY DRAGONKA
CATHAY PACIFICCX
CEBU PACIFIC AIR5J
CHINA AIRLINESCI
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINESMU
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINESCZ
CHONGQING AIRLINESOQ
DELTA AIRLINESDL
DONGHAI AIRLINESDZ
EASTERN AIRLINES2D
EGYPTAIRMS
EL ALLY
EMIRATESEK
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINESET
ETIHAD AIRWAYSEY
EVA AIRBR
FINNAIRAY
FUZHOUFU
GARUDA INDONESIAGA
GRAND CHINA AIRCN
HAINAN AIRLINESHU
HEBEI AIRLINESNS
IRAN AIRIR
JAPAN AIRLINESJL
JIANGXI AIRRY
JUNEYAO AIRLINESHO
KLMKL
KOREAN AIRKE
KUNMING AIRLINESKY
LEVELLV
LOT POLISH AIRLINESLO
LUCKY AIR8L
LUFTHANSALH
MAHAN AIRW5
MALAYSIA AIRLINESMH
MIAT MONGOLIAN AIRLINESOM
NORDSTAR AIRLINESY7
NORDWIND AIRLINESN4
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINESPK
PHILIPPINE AIRLINESPR
QANTAS AIRWAYSQF
QATAR AIRWAYSQR
QINGDAO AIRLINESQW
S7 AIRLINESS7
SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINESSK
SHANDONG AIRLINESSC
SHANGHAI AIRLINESFM
SHENZHEN AIRLINESZH
SICHUAN AIRLINES3U
SINGAPORE AIRLINESSQ
SKY ANGKOR AIRLINESZA
SPRING AIRLINES9C
SRILANKAN AIRLINESUL
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINESLX
TAAG ANGOLA AIRILINESDT
TAJIC AIR7J
THAI AIRASIAFD
THAI AIRWAYSTG
TIANJIN AIRLINESGS
TIBET AIRLINESTV
TURKISH AIRLINESTK
TURKMENISTAN AIRLINEST5
UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINESPS
UNITED AIRLINESUA
URAL AIRLINESU6
UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYSHY
VIETNAM AIRLINESVN
XIAMENAIRMF
YAKUTIA AIRLINESR3
ZHEJIANG LOONG AIRLINESGZ

For a completely up to date list please visit the Daxing Airport page. It’s also important to note that some airlines such as Air China operate from both of Beijing’s airports so make sure to check which one your specific flight is operating from.

Beijing Daxing Airport || FAQ’s

Where is Beijing Daxing Airport?

Daxing Airport is 46 kilometres / 29 miles south from the central point of Beijing and 65 kilometres / 29 miles south from Beijing Capital airport.

What is the 3 letter Airport code for Daxing Airport?

The 3 letter code for Beijing Daxing Airport is PKX.

How much did Daxing Airport cost to build?

The new Daxing airport cost 80 billion CNY (11.4 billion USD) to build.

Is there convenient public transport from Daxing to Beijing?

Yes, you can use the Airport express, or the high-speed rail to connect to central Beijing, before then moving onto your accommodation.

Is Beijing Daxing Airport bigger than Beijing Capital Airport?

Yes. In fact the airport comes in at a MASSIVE 700,000 sq metres and has four runways and 82 departure gates. This will grow in the near future also.

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