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Beijing's Daxing airport marks one year of operation

09/27/2020| 2:34:58 PM|

High standards and innovation have helped the airport maintain smooth operation over the past year despite the impact of COVID-19.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport marked one year of operation on Friday with a celebration ceremony.

High standards and innovation have helped the airport maintain smooth operation over the past year despite the impact of COVID-19, according to the airport.

This week, the airport's total passenger throughput exceeded the 10 million mark. It currently operates 187 domestic air routes, connecting 129 airports across the country. By Monday, it had seen 84,000 takeoffs and landings, with a cargo and mail throughput of about 39,000 tonnes.

The Daxing airport has seen flights increasing, with airlines transferring operations from the Beijing Capital International Airport.

China Southern Airlines has transferred 80 percent of its flights in Beijing to the Daxing airport. It is estimated the company will operate more than 200 planes at Daxing airport by 2025, and that it will have welcomed a total of 28.8 million passengers by then.

Daxing is a smart airport, boasting roughly 62,000 information points and more than 4,000 internet-enabled devices. Facial recognition technology allows passengers to check in, pass through security, board planes, claim tax refunds, and shop, just by scanning their faces. A small chip in each luggage tag helps passengers to track their luggage easily, said Hao Ling, the airport's deputy general manager.

While the airport aims for high standards, it is also making efforts to speed up coordinated regional integration across Beijing, Tianjin, and neighboring Hebei Province.

Daxing airport plans to establish multiple city terminals within the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in the future to facilitate passenger travel. 

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