By Sam Bridge
National airline of the UAE says it remains optimistic that the coronavirus situation will improve by the summer
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, on Wednesday said it will transfer all its flights to and from Abu Dhabi and Beijing, and its flights to and from Beijing to Nagoya, Japan, to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX).
The move will take place from June 1, the airline said in a statement, adding that despite the spread of Covid-19 it remains optimistic that the situation will improve by the summer.
The new Zaha Hadid-designed aviation hub is the largest single-structure airport terminal and integrated transportation hub, projected to reach a network of 28 cities in China, home to 202 million people, by high speed train within three hours.
Etihad said its daily flights will continue to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will include Food and Beverage Managers in Business and a Flying Nanny in Economy to provide specialised care for families with young children.
Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer, said: “In October last year, Abu Dhabi Airports Company inked a sister-airport partnership with Beijing Daxing International Airport, which will strengthen the capital-to-capital link. Today, we are proud to announce that Etihad Airways will be one of the first airlines in the region to move to Beijing’s iconic Daxing International Airport.
“Since launching flights between Beijing and Abu Dhabi 12 years ago, we have experienced huge growth in China’s tourism and aviation markets, and enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers, and cargo.
"The move also further reinforces our commitment to the China market and our Chinese guests, and contributes to the promising bilateral relationship."