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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Passenger volume reaches 41-M in Q1


China’s air transport industry handled 40.886 million passengers and 858,000 tons of cargo and mail in the first three months of this year, higher by 16 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year. Total traffic throughput reached 7.92 billion ton kilometers in the first quarter, up by 19.5 percent. In the first quarter, domestic passengers, excluding Hong Kong and Macao, reached 35.85 million, higher by 15.5 percent, and cargo and mail totaled 583,000 tons, up by 11.1 percent. International passengers accounted for 3.763 million and international cargo and mail reached 238,000 tons, an increase of 23.9 percent and 25.1 percent, respectively, Hong Kong and Macao handled 1.265 million passengers, 37,000 tons and total traffic throughput of 0.22 billion ton kilometers. Total traffic and cargo volume were down by 0.2 percent and 11.9 percent, while passenger volume was up by 3.8 percent. Total flight hours in the first quarter reached 846,000 hours, an increase of 17.6 percent. By the end of the first quarter, China had 1,028 registered civil aircraft, an increase of 30 aircraft from the end of 2006. Average flight occupancy rate is 72.7 percent, while the flight load factor reached 63.9 percent. The flight incident rate in the first quarter was 0.31 per ten thousand hours, which is the same as last year. In the first quarter, the whole Chinese aviation industry posted a profit of RMB 530 million (about US$ 69.4 million). Main operating income rose to RMB 57.45 billion (US$ 7.52 billion), higher by 19.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Operating cost also rose by 16.6 percent to RMB 56.92 billion (US$ 7.45 billion). Chinese airlines posted a loss of RMB 820 million (US$ 107.37 million) in the first quarter as costs reached RMB 41.27 billion, higher than the operation income of RMB 40.51 billion. In the first quarter, Chinese airlines flew 383,000 flights with an on-time performance of 83.61 percent. Airlines with higher on-time performance include Shandong Airlines (85.68 percent), Air China (84.95 percent) and China Eastern Airlines (84.2 percent). In the first quarter, Chinese airlines transported 31.3 million parcels of baggage with an average mistake rate of 0.067 percent. General aviation in China fulfilled 9,299 flight hours in the first quarter.

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