Beijing Daxing handles first freighter service

By Damian Brett

Beijing’s recently-opened $11bn mega airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport, has handled its first cargo route last week.

State-owned news agency Xinhua said that on June 11 the airport handled an SF Airlines flight carrying a shipment of waxberries from Hangzhou.

The airport has 24 freighter stands and it can handle 2m tonnes of goods per year.

The 700,000 sq m airport, which is shaped like a starfish, opened to flights in September last year to help take the pressure off Beijing Capital International Airport, which is the world’s second busiest in terms of passengers numbers.

For cargo, it is ranked number 15 with 2m tonnes of cargo.

By 2025, its passenger and cargo throughputs are expected to reach 72m and 2m, respectively.

In mid-May, China’s civil aviation regulator allowed carriers to operate all-cargo flights at Beijing’s two airports, lifting restrictions that only allowed them to pick one of the two.

On May 14, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) stated that effective immediately, carriers could operate such flights at both Beijing Capital and Beijing Daxing airports.

 

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