Two of China’s biggest airlines have agreed to move their operations to Beijing’s new airport, when it opens in 2019.
China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, both of which are members of the SkyTeam alliance, have both committed to using the new airport in southern Beijing’s Daxing district.
Together, they will be allocated 40% of capacity at the new hub. Other SkyTeam carriers such as Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Air France are likely to join their partners in Daxing.
Air China will continue to operate from the existing Beijing Capital International Airport, along with its Star Alliance partners.
Following the decision, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it will not approve any new routes applications from China Eastern and China Southern out of Beijing Capital.
Two other Chinese carriers, Beijing Capital Airlines and Hebei Airlines, have already agreed to move to the new Beijing airport.