China’s XiamenAir will move to Beijing’s new airport—Beijing Daxing International—from Beijing Capital in March 2020, according to an agreement between the carrier and the state operating company of the facilities.

The transfer will be made all at once, not gradually, the carrier said. XiamenAir is based in the southeastern Chinese city after which it is named.

XiamenAir operates 15 routes from the old airport, Beijing Capital International. Beijing Daxing International is scheduled to open Sept. 30, 2019.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has directed China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and their affiliates to move to Daxing by March 2021. China Southern partly owns XiamenAir. HNA’s Capital Airlines will also move to the new airport.

The timing of the move by XiamenAir was included in a strategic cooperation agreement with Beijing Capital Airport Group. The only other detail referenced in the Jan. 6 statement disclosed the airline’s resources in Beijing, nearby Tianjin and the province that surrounds them, Hebei, would be consolidated at Daxing International to create a North China headquarters.

Bradley Perrett, perrett@aviationweek.com

Research by Ryan Wang