Beijing Capital International Airport PEK
- or simply 'BCIA' - serves greater Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China. It is a 4-star rated airport (and Terminal 3 has a 4.5-star rating), is currently the world's largest - and Asia & the world's third busiest airport. Skytrax has rated it as 'Best Airport in China' for the last 4 years. World Airport Awards in 2013 ranked PEK as the world's fourth-best airport, and in the same year BCIA came in third place for passenger satisfaction.
The BCIA hotline number is 96158
BCIA is located in an enclave of Chaoyang District - 32 km northeast of Beijing - accessible by (a) the Airport Expressway, a 20-km toll road leading straight to Terminals 1 & 2; (b) the 2d Airport Expressway toll road leading directly to Terminal 3.
With 94.4M passengers in 2016, and three long runways, Beijing Capital International Airport is hub for Air China, China Southern, China Easern, Hainan, Shanghai & Shenzhen airlines, and is served by a host of domestic and foreign airlines offering numerous direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
BCIAl has three passenger terminals - T1, T2 & T3--the'Dragon Terminal'. Each of the terminals has its own parking garage with large & small-car parking facilities.
- As f January 2017 no more oversized baggage is allowed to bring on-board.
The maximum measurements of bags cannot exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm! This measure will ease flight delays.
- China has granted a 72-hour 'visa-free transit' for nationals of over 50 countries, including the U.S
- Tax Refunds: Overseas tourists may claim a tax refund for eligible purchases at designated tax refund shops.
Future Airport Developments:
Upon completion of runway 4 in 2018, the current Airport will be able to handle another 8 million passengers annually.
- The new $14B Beijing-Daxing Airport
(BDIA - a second Beijing airport - not a replacement) - with 7 runways, and a capacity of 100M passengers annually - is is under construction - located between Beijing's Daxing district & Hebei Province (north of Yongding River & 46 km south of Tiananmen Square): The star-shaped terminal complex with 7 'arms' (concourses) surrounding its core is tentatively planned to accommodate SkyTeam member airlines.
It is to hold initially 45M passengers annually, and be adaptable to operate in several different configurations as requirements dictate. It will also house an integrated multi-modal transport center linking it to local & national rail services (including the Gaotie high-speed rail.) Its first phase of construction - completed in August 2016 -
is to accommodate 72M passengers and have 4 runways, supporting buildings & facilities, and a passenger terminal covering an area of 700,000 sq.meters - scheduled to be completed by July 2019.
While Air China and its Star Alliance partners will continue operating from BCIA - China Southern & China Eastern airlines, together with SkyTeam partners currently operating from BCIA, will move to BDIA, which is 31 miles south of Beijing.
Upon Daxing Airport's completion, both airports (Capital & Daxing) will be able to accommodate about the same amount of passengers.