CHINA AVIATION MARKET

TRACKING THE TRAVEL RECOVERY IN CHINA

EXPLORE THE LATEST FLIGHT DATA TO TRACK THE TRAVEL RECOVERY IN CHINA | JANUARY 2023

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 | JANUARY 2023


KEY POINTS

  • Guangzhou (CAN) is the largest airport in China for domestic capacity, with 3.1 million seats which is:
    • 10% higher compared to December 2019 levels
    • 52% higher compared to December 2022 levels
  • Shenzhen (SZX) is the second largest airport for domestic capacity with 2.7 million seats which is:
    • 12% higher than December 2019 levels
    • 21% higher than December 2022 levels
  • Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) is the third largest airport for domestic capacity with 2.5 million seats. However, seats are 38% lower than in January 2019 because of Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX) opening.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Apt (PVG) domestic capacity for this month is 21% higher than in January 2019, which is the biggest increase among the Top 10 Busiest Airports in China this month.

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

KEY POINTS

  • China Southern Airlines is the busiest airline in China with 11.4 million seats, operating 16% of domestic capacity.
  • The Top 3 airlines in China account for 42% of all domestic capacity.
  • The Top 10 domestic airlines in China make up 73% of domestic capacity.
  • Spring Airlines is operating 75% more capacity than it did in January 2019.
  • Hainan Airlines is the only airline in the Top 10 which is operating below January 2019 levels, at 16% below.
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TOP 10 BUSIEST AIRLINE ROUTES IN CHINA | JANUARY 2023


KEY POINTS

  • All of the Top 10 domestic air routes in China are between these four main concentrations of airports:
    • Beijing (PEK/PKX)
    • Shanghai (PVG/SHA)/Hangzhou (HGH)
    • Pearl River Delta airports (CAN, SZX)
    • Chongqing (CKG)/Chengdu (CTU)
  • The single busiest route in January 2023 is PEK-SHA with capacity of 577,934 scheduled seats between the two airports.
  • The second largest route is SHA-SZX with 458k seats.
  • Both of the largest routes are operating at 12% lower capacity compared to January 2019 levels.
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DOMESTIC VS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CAPACITY | JANUARY 2023


KEY POINTS

  • Total capacity from China has increased by 14% in January 2023 compared to last month.
  • International capacity made up 12.0% of all capacity from Chinese airports in January 2019, in January 2023 it is just 1.5%.

DISTRIBUTION OF CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CAPACITY BY COUNTRY | JANUARY 2023


KEY POINTS

  • International capacity accounts for 1.5% in January 2023 and is 88% behind 2019 levels, but is 59% higher than January 2022.
  • The largest international market is Hong Kong (sar), with with 184,936 seats this month, 77% lower than in January 2019.
  • The second largest international market is Macao (Sar) with 117,817 seats, this is 38% below January 2019 levels.
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TOP 10 PROVINCES BY SEAT CAPACITY | JANUARY 2023


The table and graph show domestic airline capacity by Chinese province for this month (December 2022) as well as last month (November 2022) and the same month in 2019 (December 2019).

KEY POINTS

  • The largest province for scheduled airline capacity is Guangdong which accounts for 10% of all scheduled departing capacity.
  • The next largest provinces are Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing which both account for 7% of all scheduled departing capacity.
  • The Top 10 provinces account for 58% of all capacity departing from Chinese airports.
  • Domestic capacity in January 2023 is higher than 2019 levels by 14%, 8.8 million passengers.
  • 27 of 32 provinces now have domestic airline capacity above 2019 levels, some considerably more so.
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KEY POINTS

  • The USA is edging closer to recovery, with capacity this month sitting at just 5% below February 2019 levels.
  • China has moved back into recovery again, with capacity up by 8%.
  • India, Indonesia and Brazil are all sitting at a similar level, between 16-21% below 2019.
  • Of the largest domestic markets, Canada is still furthest away from recovery.