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Article from BTNews 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

Chinese domestic flights

Domestic air travel in China is expected to fully recover by early September according to ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company.

Arrivals at airports across China reached 86% of 2019 levels in the second week of August, and bookings hit 98%, largely for travel in mid-to-late August.

It predicts a full recovery in September, citing the country’s effective control of the pandemic and growing aviation capacity.

“Many schools and university students are travelling ahead of the start of term in September,” the company said in a statement. It said that “aggressive price promotions” were also fuelling demand.

“This is a highly significant moment because it is the first time since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak that a major segment of the aviation market anywhere in the world has returned to pre-pandemic levels,” Olivier Ponti, a ForwardKeys executive, said.

“The big question is whether heavy discounting will still be needed to maintain the recovery or whether the industry will return to profitability during the Golden Week holiday in October.”

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, serving the Pearl River city 75 miles north east of Hong Kong says it has recovered 90% of domestic passengers lost since the pandemic. China Eastern Airlines said it had restored 95% of flights.

https://forwardkeys.com

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Sally Pavey, UK

Any one flying into China is locked in a hotel for 2 weeks before allowed to enter the country. You need to add this to your story.


Sally Pavey, UK

Any one flying into China is locked in a hotel for 2 weeks before allowed to enter the country. You need to add this to your story.


L. Stephen Davis, Toronto, Canada

Can any of us in the west believe the stats that China put out on their Covid concoction or is this more of their well structured deception?


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