Articles Tagged ‘China’
After a disappointing summer China’s airlines are seeing demand pick up once more. However, while domestic traffic is growing by 10%, international demand is still in the doldrums. How have China’s big three airlines fared in terms of demand in 2008?
Yes, it’s finally happened. UK-Poland traffic has stopped growing. But which mature and emerging country markets are still growing and which have seen the biggest drop in demand? Which Central European markets are still booming?
Tensions appear to be easing between China and Taiwan as some ‘cross-strait’ traffic is finally permitted. This is good news for Taiwan’s airlines which have seen domestic traffic collapse in recent years. However, Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific are probably less thrilled – why?
For various reasons the Olympics did not boost air travel in China this summer. After growth of 16% in 2007, traffic is up less than 2% in 2008 well below the anticipated 14%. In recent months international traffic has been 20% below last year’s figures. How do average load factors compare with last year?
Demand at UK airports down 2% in Q3; four Central European markets still reporting double-digit growth
Only a few UK airports reported traffic growth during the third quarter. Which ones? Which London airport suffered most in September? A dozen major country markets are still reporting double-digit growth. We name them!
China Southern is one of the world’s top 10 airlines and China’s biggest, and last November it joined the Skyteam alliance. Its main base is at Guangzhou close to Hong Kong and Macau but it also has a major presence in Beijing. International growth is outstripping domestic growth but which are its only European and North American routes to date?
In 2007 its airports handled close to 400 million passengers and China’s impressive growth shows no signs of slowing. Beijing remains the country’s biggest airport (53 million passengers) and China Southern the biggest airline with nearly 57 million passengers. International visitors should rise dramatically for this year’s Olympics.