American Airlines is moving its flights to the biggest airport in the world: the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) when service returns from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) on March 27, 2021.
In a statement, the American carrier said flights will operate on a 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.”
Move to be favourable to operations
American Airlines noted that relocating its flights to the new airport will offer "tremendous" benefits for customers with its new facilities and as it currently utilizes four runways, with the goal to increase to seven in the future.
While the terminal also spans 700,000 square meters, customers will never have to walk more than eight minutes to a gate.
“American prides itself on serving the world’s leading airports so we are delighted to be relocating to PKX,” said Alison Taylor, American’s chief customer officer.
“We are looking forward to our customers experiencing such a beautiful new facility, with the added benefit of being able to offer quick and easy connections alongside our much-valued strategic partners.”
Before flights were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American and China Southern codeshared on flights beyond Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport and intend to codeshare on flights beyond PKX.
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.