China Eastern Airlines will use Beijing's upcoming new airport as an opportunity to expand its international network, especially to destinations in economies participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, a top company official said.
Industry experts said the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is expected to open on Sept 30, will play a key role in China's civil aviation, and in the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
The gigantic airport will also serve as a key transport hub connecting regions relating to the Belt and Road Initiative, said Huang Pu, general manager of China Eastern Airlines' planning and coordination division in Beijing.
According to Huang, the new airport has presented the Shanghai-based carrier with an opportunity for its long-term development, and the carrier is ready to make Beijing its second headquarters.
He Jiankai, general manager of China Eastern's business network operations, agreed. "The Beijing Daxing International Airport will enable China Eastern to obtain more slots for launching international routes from Beijing. Shanghai and Beijing will be China Eastern's two gateways to long-haul routes to overseas destinations."
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