Tian­jin air­port opens up tran­sit link to Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By BAO WANX­IAN in Tian­jin baowanx­ian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In a step for­ward for the in­te­gra­tion of the trans­porta­tion sys­tems be­tween Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei prov­ince, Tian­jin Bin­hai In­ter­na­tional Air­port be­gan op­er­at­ing a ticket counter at the Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion on Thurs­day.

Pas­sen­gers in Bei­jing are now able to not only buy flight tick­ets at the Bei­jing rail­way sta­tion, but check in for their flights. They then take a free, 33-minute ride on a bul­let train to Tian­jin Rail­way Sta­tion. From there, they take a free, 30-minute bus ride to the Tian­jin air­port.

By 2016, a high-speed rail line from Bei­jing to Tian­jin Bin­hai In­ter­na­tional Air­port will be com­pleted, cut­ting down on the tran­sit time for pas­sen­gers in Bei­jing. Upon com­ple­tion, trav­el­ers will take a 45-minute train ride from Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion to the Tian­jin air­port.

“It helps me save an hour’s com­mute to choose Tian­jin air­port in­stead of the Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port,” said Liu Wei­dong, a 25-year-old Bei­jing res­i­dent who lives in the cap­i­tal’s south­ern Dax­ing district. “The price for the flight ticket is cheaper, too.”

Sun Yu, mar­ket­ing man­ager for Tian­jin Bin­hai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, said the new sys­tem is ex­pected to at­tract about 1.4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers to Tian­jin’s air­port this year.

“It is the first tick­et­ing fa­cil­ity we have set up at a rail­way sta­tion,” said Yan Xin, gen­eral man­ager of the Tian­jin air­port. “It is a new model to link the rail­way and the air­line, build­ing a faster and more con­ve­nient travel route for trav­el­ers.”

Yan said the Tian­jin air­port has set up “ter­mi­nals” in Tian­jin Bin­hai New Area, Tian­jin Rail­way Sta­tion, and in Cangzhou and Huanghua in He­bei prov­ince.

“It is an im­por­tant ac­tion to help build an in­te­grated trans­porta­tion sys­tem be­tween Bei­jing and Tian­jin and it con­nects to more cities in He­bei prov­ince,” said Li Guomin, deputy di­rec­tor of Tian­jin Trans­porta­tion and Port Author­ity.

The air­port is plan­ning to set up more ter­mi­nals in cities in He­bei such as Baod­ing, Lang­fang, Qin­huang­dao and Tang­shan in the com­ing year.

Hsiao Shu-hwa, who is from Tai­wan and works in Bei­jing, chose the new rail­way-to-air­port line to catch a flight from Tian­jin to Taipei on Thurs­day be­cause it was the most con­ve­nient way for her to go back to her home­town near Taipei Song­shan Air­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the air­port, all travel costs be­tween Bei­jing and Tian­jin will be sub­si­dized by the govern­ment.

“The lo­cal govern­ment is fo­cus­ing on speed­ing up the de­vel­op­ment of the Tian­jin air­port and in­te­grat­ing the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei eco­nomic hub,” Li said.

“We still have room to im­prove our ser­vice, such as of­fer­ing the most con­ve­nient lug­gage trans­porta­tion ser­vice and im­prove on-time per­for­mances,” Sun said. Zhang Min con­trib­uted to the story.

BAO WANX­IAN / CHINA DAILY

Pas­sen­gers, who took a new tran­sit line from Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion to Tian­jin air­port on Thurs­day, are wel­comed with flow­ers be­fore they board their flights at the air­port.

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