The Guangzhou-based carrier, which is Asia’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has penned a deal with Capital Airport Holding Company to use the new airport as its operating base in Beijing.
Under the terms of the agreement, China Southern will deploy at least 100 aircraft to the new airport when it commences operations in 2019, rising to 150 aircraft by 2025.
China Southern currently operates 58 aircraft, including its Airbus A380 aircraft, from Beijing’s Capital International Airport. But the new deployment will allow it to compete better with traditional Beijing-based airlines like Air China and Hainan Airlines.
Other Chinese airlines including China Eastern, Spring Airlines and Hebei Airlines are expected to base aircraft at the new Beijing airport, while China United Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of China Eastern, will move all its entire operations to the new hub from its existing home at Beijing Nanyuan Airport.