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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

China’s total air traffic for first quarter up by 12.9%


China’s civil aviation industry registered a total traffic throughput of 9.07 billion ton-kilometers in the first three months of the year, up by 12.9 percent. The industry’s total traffic for March reached 3.2 billion ton-kilometers, higher by 7.9 percent compared to last year. Passenger throughput in the first quarter reached 70.145 billion person-kilometers, an increase of 12.5 percent, of which passenger throughput reached 23.722 billion person-kilometers in March, up by 6.1 percent. From January to March, the civil aviation industry carried 45.658 million passengers, 11 percent higher compared to the same period last year. 15.81 million passengers were carried in March, higher by 13.9 percent. Cargo and mail throughput in the first quarter also increased to 2.83 billion ton-kilometers, a difference of 13.9 percent. In March, the throughput reached 1.08 billion ton-kilometers, up by 11.8 percent. Cargo and mail traffic volume totaled 982,737 tons in the first quarter, up 12.4 percent, of which 362,393 tons were carried in March, a 7.4 percent increase. In the first quarter, domestic flights handled cargo and mail volume of 5.918 billion ton-kilometers, higher by 12.6 percent, of which 2.055 billion ton-kilometers were carried in March, up by 7.2 percent. Domestic flights also carried 41.475 million passengers in the first quarter, an increase of 11.2 percent compared to last year. 14.476 million passengers were carried in March, an increase of 6.8 percent. Domestic cargo and mail volume also reached 702,194 tons in the first quarter, higher by 11.9 percent. In March, cargo and mail volume totaled 252,313 tons, up by 4.8 percent. From January to March this year, international flights’ total throughput reached 3.15 billion ton-kilometers, an increase of 13.4 percent. In March, international flights logged a total throughput of 1.146 billion ton-kilometers, or 9.2 percent higher. International passengers totaled 4.182 million in the first quarter, a difference of 9.6 percent. In March, it reached 1.338 million passengers, 1.1 percent lower. International cargo and mail traffic volume reached 280,543 tons, higher by 13.9 percent, of which 110,080 tons were carried in March, or 13.7 percent higher. In March, the passenger load factor in scheduled flights was 76 percent, up 0.9 percent. All airlines registered total aircraft movements of 129,041 in March, up by 5,709 compared to the February total. Average on-time flight performance is 84.21 percent, up 1.05 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. On-time performance of scheduled flights in March was 84.16 percent, while overtime and charter flight registered 82.67 percent. According to data, there were 9,598 abnormal flights for reasons related to airline plan, engineering mechanic, transport service and air crew, representing 46.8 percent of the total number of abnormal flights. There were 2,073 flights resulting from weather problems, occupying 10.1 percent of the total; and there were 1,505 flights which still warrant explanation, occupying 7.35 percent of the total abnormal flights. There were also 5,458 flights resulting from air traffic management concerns (including flow control and flight security), occupying 26.65 percent of the total number of abnormal flights. There were also 652 abnormal flights as a result of passenger problems, representing 3.18 percent of the total.

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