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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

China’s passenger, cargo volumes down in June


China’s air transport industry slowed down in June as passenger and cargo volumes decreased compared to the same period last year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
June statistics showed total transport throughput of 2.86 billion ton-km., a decrease of 2.2 percent. Passenger volume totaled 14.172 million, down by 3.8 percent, and cargo volume reached 321,000 tons, lower by 0.8 percent. However, from January to June this year, the total outputs were higher. For the first half of the year, China’s air transport industry registered a total transport throughput of 18.28 billion ton-km., up by 7.7 percent compared to last year. Passenger volume also increased by 5.4 percent to 91.786 million, while cargo volume increased by 8.1 percent to 2.016 million tons. The slowdown in June was attributed to the slow growth of the civil aviation market. In the first half of the year, China’s economy was affected by slow world economic growth, natural disasters and inflation. The civil aviation industry in China was directly affected by natural disasters such as the Sichuan earthquake and the rapid fall of air transport market demand. The negative production indexes in China’s air transport industry first occurred during the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. In June, the passenger load factor of scheduled flights was 72.3 percent, down by 2.1 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. In the first half of the year, the passenger load factor averaged 74.1 percent, the same as last year. In June, the daily aircraft utilization rate was down by 1 hour on a year-on-year comparison. For the first six months, the daily aircraft utilization rate averaged 9 hours, down by 0.6 hour year-on-year.

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