China Flights at a Glance
Known for spectacular sights such as the Great Wall of China and the forbidden city, this massive country is frequented by millions of visitors every year. When we add into this equation other factors such as a varied climate and stunning natural beauty, it is clear to appreciate why you might be thinking about a journey here. Whether this is your first time flying or you are a seasoned traveller, it is always a good idea to take a look at some basic airport information as well as what to expect during your trip. Please keep in mind that we will only examine the primary airport, as there are dozens of regional airports found within China. So, let’s begin.
A Look at Flying Into China
For the sake of this article, we will be taking a look at Beijing Capital International Airport. In terms of sheer volume, it is currently the third busiest airport in the world. Experts believe that more than 94.3 million passengers passed through its gates in 2016 alone. In fact, more than 600,000 flights took off an landed on one of its large runways.
The airport itself is located 32 kilometres to the north of the centre of Beijing. However, you will be pleased to learn that there are numerous public transportation options between this hub and the city itself. These include private taxis, public buses and naturally, a rail service that operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
In terms of international flights, this airport caters to the largest carriers in the world today. Some relevant companies include (but are not limited to):
• Air Canada
• Air China
• Air France
• British Airways
• United Airlines
We should also note that you can catch flights to other regional destinations if you happen to plan on staying outside of Beijing proper. In such a case, you can utilise the services of airlines such as Xiamen Air, Sichaun Airlines and Hainan Airlines (to name but a few). There are also regular connecting flights to other areas such as Taiwan and Japan.
The average flight time between Beijing and London is approximately 10 hours and 20 minutes. Connecting flights will obviously take longer; generally more than 12 hours in total (including layovers). At the time that this article was written, there were three direct flights per day. These are provided by British Airways and Air China.
What to Keep in Mind
If you happen to be bringing along small children, it might be wise to consider a direct flight due to the sheer time required to arrived. In addition, China is a very large country. It is much better to reserve tickets well in advance of your departure date in order to enjoy amenable prices as well as a greater flexibility in terms of flights. If you are open in terms of arrivals and departures, it cold also be wise to take a look at last-minute openings. These are normally offered at reduced prices when compared to the fares associated with a standard ticket.