China’s scheduled airline capacity looks set to rise by almost 25% this week, with Shandong Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and China Eastern Airlines among the carriers driving the growth.
There will be about 10.8 million available seats in the country’s network during the week beginning March 16, analysis of data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser shows. This compares with 8.7 million this week, which commenced March 9.
Domestic capacity was increasing at the fastest rate and will this week account for 10.4 million seats, an injection of 2 million last week. However, the number of international departure seats is set to remain weak at just 376,373, a rise of 5% last week but 13% down on the seven days starting March 2.
Of the 2.1 million seats returning to China’s market, Jinan-based Shandong Airlines is adding the largest amount of capacity, with an increase of 285,000 seats compared to this week. This represents a week-on-week rise of 104.4%.
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