Macau’s flag carrier Air Macau will launch a new daily non-stop service between Macau and Beijing’s new Daxing Airport from January 13.
This will make Air Macau the first carrier from Macau to fly to the new airport in Beijing – though Air Macau is the only major airline based in the special administrative region. Currently, no carriers from China’s other special administrative region Hong Kong have announced plans to fly to the new airport, nor have any airlines from self-ruled Taiwan.
Air Macau said it would use a new flight number NX020 for the new outbound flight to Daxing Airport to mark the 20th anniversary of Macau’s transfer of sovereignty from Portugal to China.
The departing flight will leave Macau at 0935 in the morning and arrive at Beijing Daxing Airport at 1230. The return leg will depart from Beijing at 1345, before landing back in Macau at 1710. Below is the flight schedule for its daily Macau-Beijing Daxing service:
|Macau (MFM)||Beijing Daxing (PKX)||NX020||0935||1230||Daily|
|Beijing Daxing (PKX)||Macau (MFM)||NX019||1345||1710|
Meanwhile, Air Macau will continue to fly four times daily to the other airport serving Beijing, namely Beijing Capital Airport. The table below shows the flight schedule for its Macau-Beijing Capital services:
|Macau (MFM)||Beijing Capital (PEK)||NX006||0710||1010||Daily|
|Beijing Capital (PEK)||Macau (MFM)||NX007||0830||1215|
Along with the new daily service to Daxing Airport, Air Macau will operate five daily flights between Macau and Beijing, all using its Airbus A321 aircraft.
Beijing’s new Daxing Airport is the second international airport in the Chinese capital, which has been designed with the goal of reaching a total passenger capacity of 100 million.
Three more airlines are flying to the new Daxing Airport this month.
Malaysia Airlines already started flying to the new Daxing Airport from January 1 this year, which makes it the first international carrier to relocate to the new airport in 2020. The Malaysian national carrier now operates 10 weekly flights between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.
LOT Polish will begin its four-times-weekly service between Warsaw and Beijing Daxing Airport from January 15. At the same time, it will continue to fly three times weekly to Beijing Capital Airport. By January 15, the Polish national carrier will be providing daily flights between the two capital cities.
The airline initially planned to launch this new service in late October last year. However, it decided to delay the launch of this route due to problems with the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which it plans to deploy on this route.
Royal Air Maroc will also start flying three times weekly from Casablanca to Beijing Daxing Airport from January 17. The airline will use a 302-seater Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route with 26 business class seats.
Later this year in March, Delta Air Lines will also move its Beijing flights to the new Daxing Airport. The US carrier said its Skyteam partner China Eastern will also move most of its services to the new airport except its Beijing-Shanghai service.