Jean Luc Devisscher
October 1, 2020

A new subway service connecting Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport (PKX) with the Chinese capital’s urban area will open at the end of September 2019.

The Daxing Airport Express is set to start operations on the same day that the new airport opens, 30 September 2019. The subway line, currently around 42 km long, has three stations: Caoqiao, Daxing Xincheng (which means ‘Daxing New Town’), and Daxing Airport. A northern extension to Lise Financial Business District is at the planning stage. Passengers will be able to change trains at Caoqiao Station, an interchange station for Line 10, the larger of two circular lines in Beijing’s subway system. In the future, they will also be able to change trains on Line 19, which is now under construction and expected to open in 2021. Travelling from Caoqiao Station to Daxing Airport Station will take around 19 min. The minimum departure interval between trains will be 8.5 min, and the daily service hours will not be less than 16.5 hr. The trains deployed on the new subway line, named Baijing Hao (which means ‘White Whale’), are outfitted with six standard cabins, a business cabin and a baggage cabin.

Besides the new Daxing Airport Express, there is also another rail service connecting the new airport to the urban area of the capita - the Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity Railway. The section between the airport and Beijing city is also expected to start operations on 30 September 2019. The fastest journey from Beijing West Railway Station to the new airport will take about 20 min. So far, several foreign airlines - including British Airways, LOT Polish and Finnair - have announced they will shift part of or all their Beijing services from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX).