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DAA twins with Beijing Airport

Beijing Airport president & CEO Zhang Guanghui,  Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Irish Ambassador Declan Kelleher, and DAA chief executive Kevin Toland Beijing Airport president & CEO Zhang Guanghui, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Irish Ambassador Declan Kelleher, and DAA chief executive Kevin Toland

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) are now ‘Sister Airports’, with plans for joint marketing and commercial collaboration.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed yesterday in Beijing, the two airports aim to work together to establish direct flights between the two cities.

 

DAA and BCIA also plan to share operational information and work together on sustainable development.

 

In addition, the airports will examine the scope for commercial co-operation between Beijing Airport and ARI, DAA’s retail arm.

 

ARI - previously known as Aer Rianta International - opened 11 retail units in China in June 2012 at Kunming’s new Changshui International Airport in South West China.

 

At the time, ARI’s CEO, Jack MacGowan, said he was confident the new operational base would lead to additional contracts in the region and across China.

 

The airport twinning agreement was signed during an Irish trade mission to China led by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore.

 

"China is a key market for foreign direct investment, for trade and for tourism, and the enhanced co-operation between DAA and Beijing Capital Airport will help to strengthen the links between our two economies," he said.

 

Beijing Airport’s president & CEO, Zhang Guanghui, described the agreement as a symbolic new bridge between the two cities.

 

“Beijing Airport is the Gateway for China and Dublin is the Gateway for Ireland and we will work together to strengthen the connections between the two cities for their mutual benefit,” he said.

 

As China is experiencing a boom in airport construction, with 82 gateways under construction, the agreement could also create opportunities for DAA’s fledgling advisory/consultancy business, said the authority.

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