As early as 2011, the Guangzhou HQ’d carrier signed a cooperation agreement with the Beijing government to allocate 200 aircraft, mostly Airbus A330’s and A380’s to the airport over the next decade.
The new airport broke ground earlier this week and is scheduled to open in 2019. It’s capacity is designed to handle 45 million passengers in 2020, 72 million in 2025, and 100 million by 2030.
China Southern is to invest CNY14.8 billion ($2.3 billion) in the new 1.09 million square meter Beijing airport.
China Southern has laid out a three phase development plan for the new airport:
- Phase 1 will gradually transfer the carrier’s operation from current Terminal 2 of Beijing capital airport to the new airport by 2019;
- Phase 2 will build a domestic and international route network between 2020 and 2025; and
- Phase 3 will broaden its domestic and international route network by a wide margin and boost flight frequencies between 2026 and 2030.
The carrier established a Beijing branch in 2005. To date China Southern has allocated 70 aircraft, including its five Airbus A380s for the Beijing market, flying 52 domestic and international routes, and some 240 daily flights.