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Chinese airlines to increase domestic capacity from March-October

THE Civil Aviation Administration of China (CC) says Chinese carriers will increase their domestic capacity for the summer and autumn schedules by operating extra flights and launching new domestic routes

31 March 2021 - 19:00
THE Civil Aviation Administration of China (CC) says Chinese carriers will increase their domestic capacity for the summer and autumn schedules by operating extra flights and launching new domestic routes.

CC disclosed that the nation's airlines will operate an average of around 93,000 domestic flights per week from March 28 to October 30, representing an increase of 10.7 per cent year on year, according to London's Air Cargo News.



A large majority - at 90,500 flights - will be passenger services, representing a 10.6 per ent increase compared to the same period in 2020. The remaining 2,300 flights are freighter operations, a 13.2 per cent rise year on year.



Thirty-eight Chinese carriers will launch 322 new domestic routes for the period, including a significant number of flights to and from cities in China's western regions.



Unlike previous years, the current summer/autumn season will feature new measures implemented in light of the coronavirus outbreak. These include loosening traffic rights management policies, as well as allowing its airlines to adjust capacity and frequency at short notice according to demand.



China's domestic air travel bottomed out in February last year, as the country was badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Traffic began to recover gradually in the months following that, but was again hit by intermittent spikes of local cases at the end of 2020.



As for international flights, the CC noted that the number of flights remain at just 3 per cent pre-pandemic levels, as border closures and travel restrictions still remain.


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