16 MARCH 2020
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In a coup for Beijing’s new airport, all flights operated by Etihad Airways between Abu Dhabi and the Chinese capital and between Beijing and Nagoya in Japan are to be transferred to the Beijing Daxing International facility (PKX).
The airline has set 1 June as the operational date for the change, subject to changes that might be forced on it by the coronavirus outbreak. The state-of-the-art Daxing opened for business five months ago (BTN 23 September 2019).
Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer Robin Kamark said: “Abu Dhabi Airports signed a sister-airport partnership with Beijing Daxing International last October, which will strengthen the capital-to-capital link.
“We are proud Etihad will now be one of the first airlines in our region to move to this iconic new facility especially because since launching flights between Beijing and Abu Dhabi 12 years ago we have seen huge growth in China’s visitor and aviation markets.
“We have enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers and cargo, assisted by direct services, codeshare partners, the mutual visa-exemption policy between the two nations implemented in January 2018.
“There have also been great joint efforts put into promoting bi-directional routes. The move also further reinforces our commitment to the China market and our Chinese guests, and contributes to the promising bilateral relationship.”
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