British Airways’ (BA) first flight from London to Beijing in over three years landed in Beijing Daxing Airport yesterday (4 June 2023).
It was the first passenger flight between the two cities since January 2020, when the route was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
BA is the only British airline operating a direct service between Beijing and the UK.
Flights will operate four times a week between Beijing and London, departing Daxing Airport on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Louise Street, BA’s Director of Worldwide Airports welcomed the inaugural flight, greeting customers and crew as they disembarked. Street said: “The restart of one of our most important routes after more than three years is a long-awaited moment for all of us at British Airways.
“Following the successful resumption of flights between Shanghai and London in April, we’re excited to be back in Beijing too, reuniting families and friends and facilitating international student and business travel once again.”