China’s domestic air traffic growth back on track; international demand still to recover

image: China
Northwest launched Detroit-Shanghai services earlier this month. The route is operated four times weekly using a 747-400.

Demand for air travel within China continues to report strong double-digit growth in 2009. In each of the first four months domestic passenger numbers were up by over 15%.

airline growth
Source: CAAC

International traffic, which had been growing by more than 10% throughout 2007 and for the first two months of 2008, continues to be down between 10% and 20% although the latest figures for March and April show the smallest decline since last May. Since Chinese airline traffic is dominated by domestic demand, overall demand is up around 13% for each of the last three months. The dip last August was when Beijing held the summer Olympics.

Source: CAAC

Passenger numbers on Chinese airlines in April reached a new record of 18.834 million, beating the previous record of 18.344 million from last October.

Laod Factor
Source: CAAC

Load factors in the first four months of this year are broadly similar to those reported in the corresponding period in 2008.


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