Preparations for the Beijing Olympics this summer are fully underway – and the air travel industry is playing a leading role in preparing the ground for an unprecedented influx of foreign visitors.
In a bid to improve its passenger management facilities, Chinese flag carrier Air China is due to move all its operations to Beijing Capital International Aiport’s new Terminal 3 at midnight tomorrow.
Now the world’s largest airport terminal, Beijing’s Terminal 3 will allow Air China to consolidate operations by becoming home to both Air China’s international and domestic flights, making flight transfer easier for Olympic visitors also hoping to sample other Chinese cities.
The terminal’s state-of-the-art equipment and passenger handling systems could help Air China cope with Olympic demand, with an Automatic Check-In System likely to speed up operations by enabling passengers with only hand baggage to enter details automatically at a kiosk and receive a printed boarding card.
Air China’s Terminal 3 move is part of a wider effort to consolidate its services before the summer: the flag carrier has also announced plans this week for setting up flight ticket sale counters at the athletes’ village, media village and Beijing Hotel.