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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

China registers 15.46-M passengers in May


The civil aviation industry in China registered 15.46 million passengers in May as the whole industry continued to see an upward trend. According to the May statistics from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, total traffic throughput reached 2.86 billion ton kilometers, and cargo and mail traffic reached 306,000 tons, an increase of 19.4 percent and 16.1 percent on a year-on-year basis. The passenger volume increased by 19.8 percent compared to the same period last year. Domestic data (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) on total throughput, passenger and cargo and mail, increased by 17.9 percent, 19.3 percent and 12.5 percent. However, when compared to April, the May domestic data decreased. Passenger throughput decreased by 134,000, cargo and mail decreased by 29,000 tons. International flight passenger throughput and cargo and mail in May increased by 20.2 percent and 26.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year. In May, international flights carried 18,000 tons of cargo and mail. The increase was attributed to the entry last year of Great Wall Airlines and Jade International, which are both cargo airlines. The two airlines’ cargo volume exceeded 10,000 tons in May, up from just 247 tons last May. In May, Great Wall deployed a B747-400 freighter and China Eastern Airlines started using an A300 cargo plane. The flight passenger load factor in May reached 73.5 percent, up by 2.4 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. In May, daily use of aircraft reached an average of 9.6 hours. The entire civil aviation industry posted an income of RMB 21.08 billion in May, up by 10.9 percent compared to the same period last year. By the end of May, China had 1,043 registered civil aircraft. General aviation airlines, on the other hand, registered 6,989 flight hours in May, down by 10.8 percent.

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