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Chinese air traffic growth slows to under 5% in August

August 30: China Eastern Airlines added Shanghai Pudong to Hamburg (via Frankfurt) and won anna.aero Route of the Week - international traffic on Chinese carriers rose by 4.3% August.

CAAC data for August shows that the rate of growth of air travel demand has slowed to just 4.5%, the lowest rate since September 2008. The dominant domestic market grew by 4.6% while international traffic on Chinese carriers rose by 4.3%. Domestic load factors in July and August have been at 85.6% and 85.0% respectively, and in the first eight months of the year domestic load factors have averaged 82.4%, up 2.2 percentage points on the same period in 2010.

Chart: Chinese airlines development - Year-on-year change in monthly passengers: 1/07 to 8/11

Source: CAAC

Qatar Airways, Swiss reveal plans for long-haul Chinese routes

Since the beginning of July a number of new long-haul international services to and from China have been introduced:

  • China Eastern: Shanghai Pudong to Honolulu started on 9 August, two weekly flights
  • China Eastern: Shanghai Pudong to Hamburg (via Frankfurt) started on 29 August, weekly
  • China Southern: Beijing to Istanbul (via Urumqi) started on 2 September, three weekly flights

Other long-haul international routes to China announced recently include:

  • China Southern: Beijing to Perth (via Guangzhou) starting 8 November, three weekly flights
  • China Southern: Beijing to Istanbul (via Urumqi) starting 22 November, three weekly flights
  • Etihad: Abu Dhabi to Chengdu starting 15 December 2011, four weekly flights
  • Etihad: Abu Dhabi to Shanghai Pudong starting 1 March 2012, five flights per week
  • Finnair: Helsinki to Chongqing starting 9 May 2012, four weekly flights
  • Qatar Airways: Doha to Chongqing starting 28 November 2011, three weekly flights
  • SAS: Copenhagen to Shanghai Pudong starting 1 March 2012, five weekly flights
  • Swiss: Zurich to Beijing starting 11 February 2012, daily

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