Beijing Capital Airport (PEK)
Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) is currently the busiest airport in China and the 2nd busiest in the world after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport in the USA.
Located 32km north-east of Beijing CBD, it's the main hub for China's flag carrier, Air China, as well as China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
Beijing is also served by Nanyuan Airport (NAY), which exclusively handles China United Airlines flights. A new airport, Daxing International, is under construction and will replace Beijing Capital as the city's main airport when it opens in 2019.
Beijing Capital Airport facilities
Beijing Capital Airport has 3 terminals, connected by a shuttle service.
- Terminal 1 serves domestic flights with Chinese airlines.
- Terminal 2 is the main international terminal. It also has a number of domestic routes.
- Terminal 3 is the newest and largest terminal, which opened for the 2008 Olympics. It mostly handles domestic flights as well as international flights with Star Alliance airlines.
Check-in counters close 45 minutes before domestic flights and 75 minutes before international flights. It's recommended that you get to the airport 2 hours early for flights within China and 3.5 hours before international journeys.
All terminals have a huge array of shops and restaurants, as well as changing rooms by the baggage carousels. Terminal 3 also features gardens and live entertainment from 10am to 2pm.
Get a first look at Beijing's new Daxing Airport with this video from Tech Insider:
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Please note: all information is correct as of February, 2018.