Beijing Daxing International Airport completes four test flights

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/5/13 12:18:39

China Southern Airlines' A380 and China Eastern Airlines' A350-900 landed at Beiijng Daxing International Airport on Monday. Photo: Tu Lei/GT

Beijing Daxing International Airport completed four test flights on Monday morning, marking significant progress for the airport, which is scheduled to open on September 30.

China Southern Airlines' flagship model A380, which took off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 9:03 am in the northeastern part of the city, was one of the first to land at the new airport at 9:30 am, followed by China Eastern Airlines' A350-900, Air China's B747-8 and Xiamen Airlines' B787-9.

Xiamen Airlines' B787-9 was the last to land at the airport at around 9:46 am.

The test flights involved four representative two-aisle aircraft of four different airlines and covered four runways in order to fully verify the Beijing Daxing International airport's operational support capability, according to a statement the Beijing Capital International Airport sent to the Global Times on Monday.

The success of these test flights means that Daxing International Airport can also successfully guarantee the safe operation of all of the world's aircraft, said the statement.

The test flights for Daxing International Airport will be divided into three phases. The basic test flight began on Monday and mainly tested the general security of the airport. In August, the airport will conduct a special test flight in low visibility conditions to make Daxing International Airport's low-visibility operation capability reach the highest level in the world. 

A comprehensive test flight will be carried out from August to September to ensure that the airport can operate in a coordinated, smooth and efficient manner after it is officially put into use.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, Beijing's second major civil airport, is scheduled to be completed on June 30 and open on September 30. It aims to meet the country's surging air service demand and relieve Beijing Capital International Airport from tight flight pressure.

The new airport sits at the junction of Beijing's southern Daxing District and Langfang in North China's Hebei Province. It is expected to handle 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and 72 million by 2025.


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