CHINA AVIATION MARKET

TRACKING THE TRAVEL RECOVERY IN CHINA

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


KEY POINTS

  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) remains China's largest domestic airport this month, with 3.4m seats which is a 4.5% increase vs June 23.
  • Shenzhen (SZX) and Beijing Capital (PEK) are a close second and third largest domestic airports, with 3.2m and 3m seats respectively.
  • The combined airline capacity of Beijing's PEK and PKX airports is 5.4m, ahead of the combined capacity of Shanghai (SHA & PVG) with 4.8m seats.
  • Capacity at both Shanghai Pudong and Shanghai Hongqiao has declined vs June 23, by 3.2% and 3.8% respectively.
  • Hangzhou (HGH) displaced Chongqing in the Top 10 Busiest Airports, moving from 11th to 9th place.

 

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TOP 10 DOMESTIC AIRLINES IN CHINA | JUNE 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 11.8m seats this month - 624,600 more seats than China Eastern Airlines, the next largest carrier.
  • The gap between China Eastern Airlines and third largest carrier, Air China, increased to 2.9m seats this month.
  • In percentage terms Chengdu Airlines and Hainan Airlines increased most, with a daily increase of 13%, bringing the former into the Top 10 Airlines.
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TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRLINE ROUTES IN CHINA | JUNE 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Beijing Capital Airport to Shanghai Hongqiao (PEK-SHA) remains the busiest route with 642,100 seats, however capacity is still 11% lower than in June 23.
  • Daily capacity increased most within the Top 10 on the Guangzhou to Beijing (CAN-PEK) route, with a daily increase of 5% vs last month.
  • Capacity on the Chongqing to Shenzhen (CKG-SZX) route reduced by 5% vs May 24, taking it into 14th position.

CHINA'S BUSIEST CITIES BY AIRLINE CAPACITY | JUNE 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Beijing is the busiest city in terms of capacity, with 5.4m seats served through its two airports Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International - 636,700 seats more than the next busiest city.
  • Shanghai is the second busiest city, with 4.8m seats served through its two airports Shanghai Hongqiao International and Shanghai Pudong International Apt - 1.4m seats more than the third busiest city.
  • Guangzhou remains the third busiest city, with 3.4m seats in June 2024.
  • The Top 5 Cities account for 25% of domestic capacity.
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DOMESTIC VS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CAPACITY | JUNE 2024


KEY POINTS

  • Domestic airline capacity accounts for 92.7% of all seats to, from and within China this month, with international making up the remaining 7.3%.
  • Domestic capacity grew by only 277,800 seats this month.
  • International capacity has continued to grow significantly over the last year.

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


KEY POINTS

  • Japan continues to be China's largest outbound market in June 24, growing significantly vs last year but 20% lower than 2019 levels.
  • Capacity declined by 7% to Thailand vs last month, taking it to third place behind the Republic of Korea in June 24 and 31% lower than in June 2019.
  • Airline capacity declined most in Hong Kong, decreasing by 11% vs May 24.
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TOP 10 PROVINCES BY SEAT CAPACITY | JUNE 2024


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

KEY POINTS

  • The largest Province for scheduled domestic airline capacity remains Guangdong Province, accounting for 11% of all scheduled departing capacity.  
  • The gap between Guangdong and the next closest, Beijing Province, is 2.95m seats.
  • Airline capacity increased most in Xinjiang Province, increasing by 11% and taking it from 13th position last month to 9th largest in June 24.
  • Capacity across the Top 10 Provinces decreased by 0.4% vs last month and now accounts for 58% of all China's domestic capacity.
  • Capacity decreased in June 24 by 3% in Shanghai and Yunnan Provinces and 2% in Guangdong and Jiangsu Provinces vs last month.
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