Latest data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) reveals that in the first seven months of 2012, passenger numbers on Chinese airlines have grown by 8.8% compared with the same period in 2011. Domestic traffic is up 8.5% while international traffic has grown by 13.2%.
Despite the current on-going issues between the EU and China regarding the decision to include aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), several airlines have already launched new routes between Europe and China this year.
- Air China: Shanghai Pudong to Paris CDG resumed 10 March, five weekly flight
- Air China: Beijing to London Gatwick started 2 May, four weekly flights
- Air China: Beijing to Copenhagen started 2 June, four weekly flights
- Air France: Paris CDG to Wuhan started 11 April, three weekly flights
- China Southern: Guangzhou to London Heathrow started 6 June, three weekly flights
- Finnair: Helsinki to Chongqing started 9 May, four weekly flights
- LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw to Beijing started 29 May, three weekly flights
- Lufthansa: Frankfurt to Shenyang started 26 March, three weekly flights
- Lufthansa: Frankfurt to Qingdao (via Shenyang) started 26 March, three weekly flights
- SAS: Copenhagen to Shanghai Pudong started 1 March, five weekly flights
- Swiss: Zurich to Beijing started 11 February, daily flights
Apart from the two main international cities of Beijing and Shanghai there are also new, mostly non-stop, flights to and from Europe from Chongqing, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Shenyang and Wuhan.
AirAsia, Saudia and Scoot among airlines starting new routes this winter
A number of carriers have already revealed plans to launch new international services to/from Chinese airports this winter.
- Aeroflot: Moscow SVO to Sanya.
- Aerosvit: Kiev to Shanghai.
- AirAsia: Kuala Lumpur to Nanning.
- China Eastern Airlines: Shanghai to Cairns and Sendai.
- China Southern Airlines: Guangzhou to Kota Kinabalu.
- Dragonair: Hong Kong to Haikou and Zhengzhou.
- Mongolian Air: Ulaan Baatar to Shanghai.
- Saudia: Jeddah to Guangzhou.
- Scoot: Singapore to Shenyang and Qingdao.
- Shenzhen Airlines: Shenzhen to Singapore.
- Thai AirAsia: Bangkok DMK to Wuhan and Xi’an.