In a sign of hope, travel data firm ForwardKeys says that flights within China will fully recover by the start of September. In July, domestic arrivals at Chinese airports were back at 86% of 2019 levels. In August, that number grew to 98% for travel late in the month.
The September recovery is predicated on maintaining “aggressive price promotions” and keeping COVID under control. Just 6 months ago, China was operating almost no flights as the virus was spreading.
“This is a highly significant moment because it is the first time, since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, that a major segment of the aviation market anywhere in the world has returned to pre-pandemic levels,” said Olivier Ponti at ForwardKeys.
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