Beijing Capital Airlines’ Hangzhou to Lisbon via Beijing
There was impressive celebrations at Lisbon Airport on 26 July to mark the start of non-stop flights to China with Beijing Capital Airlines. The three times weekly A330-200-operated flight serves Beijing, but also offers a same-aircraft through flight to Hangzhou. There was a cake, speeches, dragons. a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a welcome arch for passengers to walk through before boarding the return flight to Beijing.
Macau Airport welcomed Beijing Capital Airlines’ inaugural service from Beijing on 25 July. The celebrations featured a ribbon cutting ceremony inside the terminal and a welcome banner on the apron. The route, which will be flown four times weekly, will face competition from Air Macau’s existing three times daily service.
- Beijing Capital Airlines has expanded its international network with the addition of new services to Lisbon (LIS) and Macau (MFM). On 25 July the carrier began four times weekly flights on the 2,012-kilometre route from Beijing (PEK) to Macau using its A319s. The route is already flown three times daily by Air Macau. On the same day the airline began three times weekly flights from Hangzhou (HGH) to Lisbon via Beijing utilising its A330-200s. The 9,653-kilometre connection between the capitals of China and Portugal faces no direct competition and is the first direct service between the two countries. It is also the longest sector operated by the airline. Beijing Capital Airlines already serves Madrid (from Chengdu) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (from Qingdao) in Europe.