CHINA AVIATION MARKET

TRACKING THE TRAVEL RECOVERY IN CHINA

EXPLORE THE LATEST FLIGHT DATA TO TRACK THE TRAVEL RECOVERY IN CHINA | FEBRUARY 2024


Flight data and analysis focused on China's aviation market recovery, with data powered by OAG's Schedules Analyser. The data is updated monthly. Seats are calculated as departing seats (one-way). The data displayed in the charts below is available to download here

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TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN CHINA | FEBRUARY 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) is China's largest domestic airport this month, with 496k more seats than Shenzhen (SZX). Capacity at Guangzhou has increased by 13% vs last month (when the shorter month is factored in).
  • The combined capacity of Beijing's PEK and PKX airports is 5.1m, ahead of the combined capacity of Shanghai (SHA & PVG) with 4.5m seats.
  • Shenzhen is China's second-largest domestic airport with 3m seats this month, an increase of 17.4% vs Feb 23.
  • Capacity at Chengdu TFU grew by 40% vs February last year. When both airports in Chengdu (CTU and TFU) are combined, the net increase is 22% since February 2023.
  • Kunming raised its position to 5th from 8th in the Top 10 Airports this month,  with a 13.4% increase in capacity vs Feb  23.
           

 

TOP 10 DOMESTIC AIRLINES IN CHINA | FEBRUARY 2024

China's Top 10 Airlines by departing seats (one way).

KEY POINTS

  • China Southern remains China's largest airline, with scheduled seat capacity of 11.6m seats this month. This represents an increase of 11% vs Feb 23, and an increase of 10% vs  last month once the difference in length of the month is accounted for. 
  • China's big 3 continue to operate 58% of the country's domestic capacity in February 24, with a long tail of smaller players.
    Air China has increased capacity by 23% vs Feb 2023.
  • Spring Airlines, China's biggest LCC operator, also recorded strong growth vs last year, up 21% vs February 23.
           
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TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRLINE ROUTES IN CHINA | FEBRUARY 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Even accounting for the shorter month, capacity reduced month on month on eight of the Top 10 busiest routes in February 23.  The greatest reduction was on PEK-SHA, daily capacity reducing by 27%.
  • Capacity on CKG-SZX increased by 19% vs last month and CAN-PEK by 3%.
  • 5 of the Top 10 busiest routes in China's domestic market start or end in Beijing again this month. 
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CHINA'S BUSIEST CITIES BY AIRLINE CAPACITY | FEBRUARY 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Beijing is the busiest city - in terms of airline capacity - with 5.1m seats served through its two airports Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International. Over 580k seats more than the next busiest city.
  • Shanghai is the second busiest city, with 4.5m seats served through its two airports Shanghai Hongqiao International and Shanghai Pudong International Apt. Over 1.1m seats more than the third busiest city.
  • Chengdu is the third busiest city, not far behind Shanghai now, with 4.2m seats in February 2024.
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DOMESTIC VS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CAPACITY | FEBRUARY 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Domestic capacity accounts for 92.7% of all seats to, from and within China this month, with international capacity making up the remaining 7.3%. 
  • International capacity has grown significantly over the last year.

DISTRIBUTION OF CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CAPACITY BY COUNTRY | FEBRUARY 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Capacity between China and Thailand has grown significantly in February 24, making it the largest outbound market by seat capacity but still 37% below 2019 levels. 
  • Japan and the Republic of Korea are now the second and third largest outbound markets by seat capacity, with capacity declining by 5% to the latter.
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TOP 10 PROVINCES BY SEAT CAPACITY | FEBRUARY 2024


The table and graph show domestic airline capacity by Chinese province.

KEY POINTS

  • The table shows domestic capacity by Chinese Province for this month (Feb 2024) as well as last month (Jan 2024) and the same month last year (Feb 23).
  • Guangdong Province is the largest Province for scheduled airline capacity, accounting for 11% of all scheduled departing capacity.  The gap between Guangdong and the next closest, Beijing Province is 3m seats.
  • Sichuan Province has recorded the strongest growth relative to last February 2023, increasing by 26% in Feb 24.
  • The top 10 Provinces combined continue to account for 59% of all China's domestic capacity. 
  • All Provinces saw a month-on-month increased in Feb 24, except Beijing and Shanghai which declined by 5% and 3% respectively.

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