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