Beijing Travel Essentials: Flights to Beijing
The major international airport in Beijing is Beijing Capital International Airport. In 2008, in time for the Olympics, the huge new Terminal 3 opened which will greatly increase capacity at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA).
China's other major gateways are Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok and Shanghai's two airports: Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao.
Beijing Flights From the USA
In recent years, travel costs between the US to China have dropped; this may change however as a result of rising fuel prices.
The major US-China carriers are Air China, China Eastern Airlines (From LA), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), All Nippon Airlines (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL) via Tokyo, United Airlines (from Chicago & Seattle non-stop), Northwest/KLM (via Tokyo), and Korean Air via Seoul. The non-Japanese airlines tend to be a bit lower priced, with service to match. To Canada, Air Canada has low-cost flights from Vancouver and Toronto. Flight times are approximately 13 hours from the West coast and around 20 hours from the East Coast.
Beijing Flights From Europe
Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, JAL, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, British Airways (BA), KLM, and Thai International Airlines also fly between Europe and China. From the UK, British Airways and Air China fly non-stop (10 hours) between London Heathrow and Beijing.
Beijing Flights From Asia
From Japan, there are regular flights with Air China, JAL and ANA from Tokyo (Narita), Osaka (KIX) and Nagoya's Chubu International Airport to Beijing and Tianjin. China Eastern flies from Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport to numerous destinations in Japan including Niigata, Komatsu, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukushima, and Okinawa as well as Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Oita and Nagasaki in Kyushu. Seoul's Incheon Airport has regular scheduled flights to Beijing with Air China, Asiana and Korean Air. There are good connections to Beijing from both Bangkok and Singapore.
Beijing Flights From Oceania
There are direct flights from both Sydney and Melbourne to Beijing with JAL, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian, and Air China. China Eastern flies to Shanghai and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong. Qantas and British Airways fly to Hong Kong from Perth. There are no direct flights to Beijing from New Zealand, connect via Hong Kong.
Domestic China Flights
China's domestic air industry is expanding rapidly in terms of the number and quality of flights and airports. For more information on domestic flights in China.