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- Liuting Street, Chengyang District, Qingdao, Shandong Province, 266108, China
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Burundi
All Nippon Airways
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Yangtze River Express
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air France
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Owned and operated by Qingdao International Airport Group Co. Ltd, Qingdao Airport is the international airport and principal gateway serving the city of Qingdao, China. As one of the busiest airports in China, Qingdao hosts domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 20 airlines including as China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Shandong Airlines.
Location of Qingdao Airport, China
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Eleven airlines during the past year have announced their intention to launch in China's domestic market. Increasingly, they are being approved (three so far) by regulator CAAC after a few years of a policy that technically forbade new entrants - although there were exceptions, allowing some new airlines to launch.
The new airlines fulfil the objective of creating growth and inviting private capital into the aviation industry as the state grows weary of its large investments across numerous sectors. Space will have to be created for these new airlines in China's ecosystem where 79% of seats are flown by state-owned carriers or their subsidiaries and affiliates. A full 94% of capacity is flown by airlines part of either the Big 3 – Air China, China Eastern or China Southern – or HNA Group. That leaves just 6% of capacity for independent airlines. So the incumbents are not facing an immediate threat, especially as the new airlines are not being based in first-tier cities.
But the additional airlines come as China already has an over-supply of airlines, despite the enormous potential for growth. The fragmentation means few can gain scale and synergies. That situation could be exacerbated by further airline approvals - yet liberalisation is undoubtedly where the system needs to head, creating a dilemma for the CAAC.
The CAAC Air Traffic Management Bureau announced they plan to continue to expand a trial that will roll back more restrictions on low-altitude airspace use for general aviation flights. The extending low-altitude airspace trial will open airspace between 1000 m and 400 m around northeast, central and south China. Six pilot cities – Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Kunming – will be involved.
The area of low-altitude airspace to be opened in this latest is a series of ongoing developments accounts for almost 32% percent of China's total surface area. The airspace will be opened up during 2012.
Under the trial programme, low airspace is to be divided into three categories: areas under direct control of air traffic controllers, areas under surveillance by authorities and areas where aircraft can fly freely, provided a flight plan has been filed in advance.
Shandong Airlines, China’s ninth largest domestic carrier, reported double-digit profit and revenue growth in the six months ended 30-Jun-2011 (1H2011). The carrier, a subsidiary of Air China, has benefited from the sustained growth of China’s domestic economy and the continued expansion of the country's regional/domestic air transport market. It has ambitious growth plans, including an expansion of its international services.
Asia Pacific, particularly China, is one of the current destination hotspots for European carriers, with connections between Europe and China improving in recent months and over the past couple of years. The initial focus was obviously on providing connectivity between key European hubs and the capital city of Beijing, with services to Shanghai also quite extensive, although a number of carriers are adding service to secondary, albeit still large destinations in China, such as Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqin, Urumqi, Sancha, Dalian and Harbin.
China’s fragmented airline industry is undergoing a shakeup. Merger and acquisition activity is intense – probably more so than any other aviation market in the world. In the space of a few short years, the majority of China’s second tier airlines have, at least partially, become owned or controlled by one of the "Big Three" carriers and/or HNA Group, as consolidation accelerates in China. In this report, CAPA reviews what’s fuelling the feeding frenzy and who the targets are.
China’s second-tier carriers are hard at work at present, rapidly expanding their domestic and (in some cases) international route networks. However, the vast majority of these airlines are now doing so under the control of the "Big Three" carriers and/or HNA Group, as consolidation accelerates in China. As such, China’s airline evolution is at a very interesting stage. Where previously the major airlines: 1) established considerable branch carrier networks to serve diverse geographic areas in China; and 2) eliminated brands of the acquired airlines, they now appear to be looking more strategically at segmenting the market, retaining the second-tier carrier brands, particularly those focused on tourism/leisure markets.
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