Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
History, Facts and Overview
Founded at the beginning of 1958, Beijing Airport instantly became the very first airport of its kind in the whole of China. The original terminal building still remains and is currently used for some charter flights, although in 1980, a modern, much bigger terminal building was built.
It was not long until Beijing's Capital Airport was struggling to keep up with higher passenger levels and so during the 1990s, further expansions were necessary and included the building of a second terminal. More recently, Terminal 1 has been completely renovated and a third runway has been added, along with a railway connection with central Beijing.
Non-stop flights now link Beijing Airport with locations such as New York and Washington, meaning that further upgrades and modernisation are constantly being planned and implemented
Shops are situated on all floors of Beijing Airport, while in typically Chinese manner there are a number of excellent Cantonese-style restaurants clustered on the second floor, in the main departures area. Beijing Capital International Airport also features a fully-equipped business centre that offers a great range of services and equipment, while two off-site hotels can provide a range of conference rooms of various sizes, complete with catering. The airport's VIP lounges offer additional business and conference options if required.