Air China Flight to Bangkok on Sunday 27 October was the historic first international flight to take off at Daxing International Airport around 7.50am. The first inbound international arrival, British Airways flight 39 from London landed at the airport at about an hour and a half later at 9:13 a.m.
The 63 billion dollar airport was designed by Iraq-born architecture Zaha Hadid and is in the shape of a starfish. The airport formally opened in September ahead of China's 70th celebrations on 1st October. It boasts of four runways and estimated to handle about 72 million passengers per year. China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines will be the main carriers based at Daxing airport.
The airport is the star attraction of the moment because of the media coverage. However, it has received criticism for its position which is a bit far from the central business district estimated to take around 1 hour to get there. A new airport express line has been opened connecting Beijing subway line 10 Caoqiao with the Daxing International airport estimated to take about 19 minutes.
Many foreigners still prefer Peking International Airport for it's convenience and also because they are used to it. Daxing is the Southern District of Beijing.
Peking International airport remains the second busiest in the world behind Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport in the US. Shanghai's Pudong ranks number nine. China is looking forward to becoming the world's leading aviation center and the new airport has drawn them closer.
Daxing International Airport boasts of beautiful modern restaurants and relaxing areas. It's also easy to move around and facilities are well at everyone's reach. Though not yet full functional one can already tell how its going to be with the buzz of the people.