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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

China’s passenger volume up by 16% in August


China’s civil aviation industry continues to experience growth as it posted increases in total traffic, passenger, and cargo and mail in August. Total traffic throughput reached 3.38 billion ton-km in August, higher by 17.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Passenger volume also increased by 15.9 percent to 18.21 million and cargo and mail hit 345,000 tons, higher by 15.4 percent. Cargo and mail on international flights in August is up by 28.2 percent, 16.8 percentage points higher than domestic cargo and mail traffic as long-haul flights increased. This is attributed to the continued growth in China’s import and export trades. In August, the cargo and mail volume on China-Europe air routes increased by 82.8 percent on a year-on-year basis. Passenger volume on China-Korea routes also increased by 37.3 percent, and cargo and mail volume was higher by 28.7 percent. Passenger traffic on China-United States routes increased by 15.3 percent, but cargo and mail volume was down 3.3 percent. The increases also pushed the passenger load factor on scheduled flights to 81.3 percent. Passenger load factors of Air China reached 84.2 percent August, while China Southern Airlines’ increased to 80.7 percent. Passenger load factors and seat occupancy rates of Shenzhen Airlines and Lucky Air were over 80 percent. Spring Airlines has the highest load factor at 96.6 percent, with the seat occupancy rate at 90.4 percent. In August, the seat occupancy rate on scheduled flights was 69.7 percent, up 3.1 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. The load factor and seat occupancy rate of the whole aviation industry was the highest so far this year. Daily aircraft use in August was 10.1 hours, slightly higher compared to the same period last year. Flight hours increased by 14.1 percent compared to last year. Up until August, China had 1,078 registered civil aircraft. General aviation airlines, meanwhile, flew 10,003 hours in August.

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