Intra Asia, China flights begin

Intra Asia, China flights begin

Domestic airline capacity in China is beginning to recover, with over 30% of its domestic capacity returning in the last two months, according to new analysis from Cirium.

Data from the travel and analytics company shows that domestic capacity has recovered from a peak year-on-year drop of 71% on 24 February 2020 to down just 33% on 22 April 2020.

As many countries in Asia have passed what is hoped to be the peak of the pandemic, Cirium’s data shows trends of increased air travel capacity for the region, with intra-Asia capacity improving by 10% between 14 and 22 April 2020. 

Global regions still under lockdown – including the US and Europe – are yet to show signs of recovery, however Cirium analysis indicates a plateau is starting to emerge in airline capacity worldwide.

Rob Morris, head of consultancy at Cirium’s consultancy arm, Ascend by Cirium, said in a recent webinar, COVID-19 – the Impact on Aviation, that while cancellations remain high and the recovery in domestic flights has plateaued over the last month, the ‘green shoots’ of recovery in China’s domestic market are a beacon of hope for the aviation industry.

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