Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport is a public-type airport operated by the Beijing Capital international Airport Company Ltd., a state controlled company in China. It is the main international hub and facility serving Beijing, which is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China. It is located 32 kilometres northeast of central Beijing, in an enclave of Chaoyang District and the nearby enclave of suburban Shunyi District. The airport's IATA code is PEK, a nod to the city's former name, Peking.

Since its inception in 1958, Beijing Capital International Airport has rapidly become an important air hub and airport in Asia. It has become the busiest airport in the continent in terms of passenger traffic and total aircraft movements and the second busiest airport in the world as of 2014, catapulting it as one of the world's most important transportation hubs. The airport is the main hub for Air China, the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China that flies to 120 destinations. It is also an important hub for China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, and is the focus city for China Eastern Airlines and S7 Airlines. Other commercial airline services in the airport include Aeroflot, AirAsia X, Air Algerie, Air Canada, Cebu Pacific, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hawaii Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Pakistan International Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, and many others. Direct flights to destinations in North America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and others, are possible through the airport's non-stop services. Cargo airlines are also available from the airport.


The airport has three terminals called Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3. Terminal 1 was opened in January 1980 and replaced the smaller existing terminal which was in operation since 1958. Terminal 1 was closed for renovation from 1999-2004, until it was reopened upon the refurbishment. It was then closed again for light renovation in 2008 and reopened on June of the same year to become the operational base for all domestic flights operated by the HNA Group, including those of Hainan Airlines, Grand Air Chian, Deer Air, and Tianjin Airlines. Meanwhile, Terminal 2 was opened in November 1999 and was originally used to replace the first terminal while the latter was undergoing renovation. For a period, it cramped all airlines into one single terminal despite it being far bigger than the former. Until the opening of the third terminal and the re-opening of the first terminal, Terminal 2 served as the home of international and domestic flights. Finally, Terminal 3, often called the 'Olympic' terminal, is the terminal that was opened just in time for the Beijing Olympics. It is by far the biggest terminal out of the three, and is considered as the biggest airport terminal-building complex in the world to be built in a single phase. It features a main passenger terminal (Terminal 3C), two satellite concourses (3D and 3E), five floors above ground, and two underground. Terminal 3 also has features such as a 300,000-square-metre transportation centre with 7,000 car-parking spaces, designated traffic lanes for airport buses, taxis, and private vehicles, and a state-of-the-art light-rail station for the Airport Express line of the Beijing Subway. Terminal 3 also boasts of its 240-million-dollar luggage-transfer system, its security system, and many other features.

Services and Facilities

Beijing Capital International Airport’s facilities are simply state-of-the-art. A luggage-transfer system, transportation system, security system, and ease-of-access facilities are some of its features, along with the many shopping and dining choices within the facility. Other minor services include lost and found services, item safekeeping, luggage trolleys, post office, banks, dressing rooms, activity zones for children, nursing room, public telephone, free drinking water, free charging/power supply, and facilities for persons with reduced mobility. Moreover, the airport also offers cultural presentations, exhibitions, and other activities that are related to Chinese culture within its vicinity.

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 Getting to & from the Airport

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The airport is accessible via the Airport Expressway from the north-eastern 3rd Ring Road at Sanyuanquia; the 2nd Airport Expressway from Yaojiayuan Luu at the eastern 5th Ring Road; the Northern Airport Line from the Jingcheng Expressway; and the Southern Airport Line running parallel and to the south of the Northern Airport Line from the Jingcheng Expressway to the eastern 6th Ring Roadat the Litian Bridge. These four roads are all express tollways.

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The airport is served by the Airport Express Line of the Beijing Subway, with stops at Sanyuanquiao and Dongzhimen in the city.

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Buses to and from the airport serve different parts of the city, including Xidan, Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Station, Beijing West Station, Zhongguancun, Fangzhuang, and Shangdi. The airport buses travel on 11 routes.
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Metered taxis are available from the airport and the city centre.

 Who flies to Beijing Capital International Airport

 Beijing Capital International Airport Contact Details

Beijing Capital Airport

155 Dongsi Xi Dajie,
Beijing 100621,

Tel:+86 (0)10 64563220


 Beijing Capital International Airport Location Details

Longitude:116° 36' 0'' E
Latitude:40° 4' 0'' N

 Airport Location

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