Beijing Daxing Airport Prepares for Spring Festival Rush

  • Capital and Daxing Airports are expecting a 7% increase in traffic since last year.
  • As the Spring Festival in 2020 is earlier than previous years, and the peak of the Spring Festival comes earlier.
  • The popular domestic tourist destinations of the Capital Airport are still concentrated in the two hot spots of northern ice and snow tourism and southern vacation tourism.

Daxing International Airport will usher in the first Spring Festival transport after the navigation. On the first day of the Spring Festival, 814 inbound flights and 816 outbound flights are expected from Capital Airport. Daxing Airport plans to have 277 inbound and outbound flights, and 6,100 in northern China.

Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA: PKX, ICAO: ZBAD), located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province, is Beijing’s second international airport. The terminal building is the largest single-structure airport terminal in the world, with an area of more than 1,000,000 m2 (11,000,000 sq ft).

According to data from the North China Air Traffic Management Bureau, the Capital Airport and Daxing Airport plan to take off and land 76,400 flights during the Spring Festival period, which is an increase of 7% over the total number of flights between the Capital Airport and Nanyuan Airport during the Spring Festival period last year.

During the Spring Festival period, due to the diverting of some flights to Daxing Airport, Capital Airport planned 65,200 inbound and outbound flights, a decrease of 4% from last year. Daxing Airport planned to have 1,200 inbound and outbound flights. North China is expected to execute 244,000 flights, an increase of 8% over last year. Capital Airport and Daxing Airport plan to take off and land 76,400 flights during the Spring Festival, which is an increase of 7% over the total number of flights between Beijing Capital Airport and Nanyuan Airport during the Spring Festival last year.

As the Spring Festival in 2020 is earlier than previous years, and the peak of the Spring Festival comes earlier, the “five flows” of student flow, return flow, family visit flow, official flow, and tourist flow before the holiday will converge. Multiple peak passenger flows are expected. Capital Airport and Daxing Airport are expected to usher in the peak passenger flow before the festival on January 23 and January 24. The return peak is expected to start on January 29. On January 30, the passenger flow of Capital Airport will be the highest during the Spring Festival.

According to statistics, during the Spring Festival this year, the popular domestic tourist destinations of the Capital Airport are still concentrated in the two hot spots of northern ice and snow tourism and southern vacation tourism. Popular destinations for outbound tourism are Japan and Southeast Asia. The hot spots for the Spring Festival transport of Daxing Airport are traditional tourist destinations such as Beijing to Chengdu, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Sanya, Kunming, and Lijiang. During the Spring Festival transportation of Daxing Airport, there will be a slight increase in flight volume, which will further ease the operating pressure of the Capital Airport.

Chunyun also referred to as the Spring Festival travel season or the Chunyun period, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year. It has been called the largest annual human migration in the world.

The relevant person in charge of the North China Air Traffic Management Bureau said that in light of the characteristics of the passenger flow of the Spring Festival this year, and the frequent occurrence of low visibility weather, such as snow and ice this winter, the deployment will be carried out in advance globally. Controlling units started to organize controllers to carry out special training in complex situations such as winter winds and low visibility as early as a month ago. All controllers are proficient in emergency handling procedures for complex situations such as high flow, winter winds, low visibility, and snow and weather. The equipment department completed the overhaul and maintenance of air traffic control radar and navigation equipment in advance.

On January 7, the 2020 National Civil Aviation Safety Work Conference was held in Beijing. Li Jian, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration, stated in the safety work report that in 2019, 12.303 million hours of flight flights and 4.965 million vehicle trips were completed throughout the year, with 660 million passenger traffic. Aviation transport achieved continuous safe flight for 112 months, 80.68 million hours, transported 4.2 billion passengers and ensured air defense safety for 17 consecutive years. 1.125 million hours of general aviation flights.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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