Sydney Airport welcomed the arrival of Beijing Capital Airlines’ first flight from Qingdao on 30 October. The inaugural service landed at 06:02 local time, having departed China on the afternoon of 29 October. The carrier becomes the Australian hub’s seventh operator from mainland China.
- Beijing Capital Airlines began services from Qingdao (TAO) to Sydney (SYD) on 29 October. The 8,428-kilometre sector will operate twice during the first week of service, but will increase to four times weekly during November. The route will be operated by Beijing Capital Airlines’ A330s and there is no direct competition. Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather said the new airline would boost business and tourism to Sydney. “As a world-leading airport for Chinese long-haul routes, we’re very proud to welcome this new airline and new route. We’re thrilled that Beijing Capital Airlines’ new service is expected to bring an additional 24,000 Chinese visitors annually and generate $100 million in additional visitor expenditure per year for New South Wales.”