China Southern Airlines President and General Manager Tan Wangeng announced the carrier plans to increase its proportion of international services as a percentage of total services from 18.5% in 2010 to 30% this year (Yicai, 10-Apr-2011). According to Mr Tan, after the 2011 summer season, the carrier’s portion of international services will reach 25%. China Southern plans to rapidly expand its international route network, focussing on the Pacific region with the carrier planning to operate more than 40 Pacific services per week within the year, an increase of 70% year-on-year, and increasing to 110 services per week by 2015. Mr Tan also revealed the carrier could increase the frequency of its recently launched direct Guangzhou-Auckland service from three times weekly to daily in Oct-2011.
China Southern to raise international services to 30% of total
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