China’s airlines report 18% growth in traffic in 2010; Beijing airport welcomes 20 new services from 12 airlines since May

Dragonair contributed to China’s 30-55% monthly growth when it became the first Hong Kong airline to begin operating to Shanghai Hongqiao on 15 September – simultaneously becoming the first Chinese winner of anna.aero Cake of the Week in the process. Link here for all this week’s route launches. LINK

Dragonair contributed to China’s 30-55% monthly growth when it became the first Hong Kong airline to begin operating to Shanghai Hongqiao on 15 September – simultaneously becoming the first Chinese winner of anna.aero Cake of the Week in the process. Link here for all this week’s route launches. LINK

The growth in demand for air travel in China shows little sign of slowing down at present. Since February international traffic has been growing each month by between 30% and 55% while the much larger domestic market has been expanding consistently at between 13% and 22%. As a result for the first eight months of 2010 international traffic is up 35% while domestic demand is up 17%, resulting in total traffic being 18% higher than last year. However, comparing current traffic levels with those achieved in 2007 shows that international traffic is up between 13% and 17%, while domestic demand is up between 40% and 50%.

Source: CAAC

Source: CAAC

In July and August average load factors reached 83.6% (up seven percentage points on 2009) and 84.2% (up 4.3 percentage points) respectively.

Beijing welcomes new Delta and Transaero services

Since our last look at the Chinese market in May, what new services have been started at the country’s busiest airport in Beijing? The table below summarises the routes currently being operated that were not available in May.

Airline Destination WF (WS) Competition
Hainan Airlines Almaty (ALA) 2 (328) Air Astana
Hainan Airlines Bangkok (BKK) 4 (656) Air China, SriLankan, Thai Airways
Hainan Airlines Changzhi (CIH) 7 (1022) China Eastern, China Southern
Grand China Air Dalian (DLC) 7 (1260) Air China, China Eastern, China Southern
Grand China Air Guilin (KWL) 7 (1260) Air China, China Southern
Grand China Air Harbin (HRB) 21 (3780) Air China, China Southern, Shanghai Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong (HKG) 7 (1869) Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express
S7 Krasnoyarsk (KJA) 1 (128) Hainan Airlines
Cebu Pacific Manila (MNL) 3 (468) Air China, Philippine Airlines
Air China Manzhouli (NZH) 7 (896) Hainan Airlines
Transaero Moscow Domodedovo (DME) 3 (1260)
China Eastern Nagoya (NGO) 1 (155) Air China, Etihad
Grand China Air Nanchang (KHN) 7 (1260) Air China, China Eastern
Grand China Air Nanning (NNG) 7 (1260) Air China, China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines
Hainan Airlines Phuket (HKT) 3 (492)
Delta Seattle (SEA) 5 (1205) Hainan Airlines
China Southern Tashkent (TAS) 2 (534) Uzbekistan Airways
Air China Yibin (YBP) 4 (512) China Eastern
Shandong Airlines Yinchuan (INC) 7 (1176) Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines
Vladivostok Air Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS) 1 (150)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 10 May 2010 and w/c 4 October 2010

Of the 20 new services 17 are providing competition on existing routes while just three are to new destinations not previously served. These include Moscow Domodedovo in Russia and Phuket in Thailand. Broken down by airline Grand China Air has launched five routes, Hainan Airlines four, Air China two and nine other carriers have each launched a single route. Grand China Air is part of the HNA Group which also includes Hainan Airlines.

Most of the new routes are to destinations within Asia with the exception of Transaero’s new service to Moscow and Delta’s launch of services to Seattle in competition with Hainan Airlines.


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