China Eastern Airlines, the country’s second-largest domestic carrier, plans to resume 70% to 80% of flights by the end of June and make further increases through August.
China’s airlines are adding flights to coincide with the Labor Day holiday as well as the seasonal schedule change that was deferred from late March to May 3.
The domestic market is seeing over 6,000 daily flights from all airlines, implying a recovery of around half, according to data provider Airsavvi. Domestic flights sharply increased in early March but then made few capacity gains as airlines grew passenger volumes and improved load factors and yields.
China Eastern’s 70%-80% resumption by the end of June comes via regulator CAAC’s publishing arm. It said the CAAC had a four-stage plan for domestic flight recovery, including further gains by the end of August.
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