Dulles Airport today signed a sister airport agreement with Beijing Capital International Airport, promoting Loudoun’s airport to 90 million people in the Chinese market.
The airport partnership will place images of Loudoun and Dulles around Beijing International, the second busiest airport in the world by passenger volume.
“China is the second largest international market in terms of visitor spending, experiencing double digit growth over the past decade,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson stated. “This partnership greatly increases our visibility and opportunity to be in front of both potential visitors and future investors in Loudoun County.”
The launch of a sister airport relationship establishes collaboration between the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Capital Airports Holding Company, which is owned by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and manages Beijing International, and strengthens the connection between the Chinese and American capital cities, according to CAH.
“This marketing partnership will help raise awareness of Loudoun County as a business location. Attracting Chinese companies to Loudoun will bring jobs to county residents, help pay for schools, roads and safety personnel, and diversify our commercial tax base,” stated Buddy Rizer, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development’s executive director.
Mark Treadaway, MWAA’s vice president for business, said the agreement would do more than strengthen and expand the nonstop air service connecting our two capital cities. “Working together with BCIA alongside Loudoun County and Shunyi District, we will learn from each other and grow our aviation markets.”
Also attending the signing ceremony were Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer and Robert McCollar, Loudoun’s international business development manager.