Domestic flights in China may reach pre-crisis levels in September

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Domestic flights in China may reach pre-crisis levels in September

Air travel in China has been steadily gaining momentum since coronavirus paralyzed airports in February.

In August, domestic flights in the country reached 86% of the 2019 level, according to ForwardKeys. The agency believes that in September the industry will be able to reach the pre-crisis level. This forecast is a glimmer of hope for all civil aviation, which is suffering from mass layoffs and financial losses..

By mid-February, most flights within China had been canceled as the country took tough measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

As the number of cases of Covid-19 infection decreased, flights were resumed. Today, the number of bookings has almost reached the usual volumes.

«This is a very important moment, because for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus, a large segment of the aviation market is recovering.», – said Olivier Ponty from ForwardKeys.

His forecast that domestic flights will fully recover by early September is based on a number of factors, such as keeping the pandemic under control and providing good ticket discounts..

Many Chinese airlines have launched promotions to spark interest in flights from the public.

Flights to Sanya, a popular resort in the South China Sea, are in high demand thanks to new duty-free policy.

«The main question is whether serious discounting will still be necessary to sustain recovery», – added Ponty.

«China’s advantage is that it has a huge territory and a strong domestic tourism market that can help Chinese carriers mitigate the impact of the pandemic.», – says a representative of FlightGlobal magazine Alfred Chua.

Domestic flights in China may reach pre-crisis levels in September

However, Chinese flights to Beijing are still 24.8% behind the same period in 2019. This is due to the second outbreak of coronavirus reported in the city in June..

Domestic flight recovery in China is one of the few positive developments in the overall bleak outlook for the aviation industry. International flights are expected to recover for many more years.

International Air Transport Association warns global passenger numbers will not return to pre-viral levels until 2024.

Earlier this week, American Airlines said it would cut 19,000 jobs in October when the government‘s payroll support program ends..

Thus, the state of the world‘s largest airline will be reduced by about 30% compared to March this year..

Other carriers also warned of massive cuts amid a severe air traffic decline that is expected to result in losses in excess of $ 84 billion this year.