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UNWTO reported (11-Dec-2019) mixed results among the largest spending tourism source markets over the first nine months of 2019:

  • US (+6% year-on-year) led growth in international tourism expenditure in absolute terms, supported by a strong USD;
  • China, the world's top source market, saw outbound trips increase by 14% in 1H2019, though expenditure fell 4% compared to 9M2018;
  • India and some European markets also performed strongly, though global growth was more uneven than in 2018;
  • France (+10%) reported the strongest increase among the world's top ten outbound markets, reflecting surging demand for international travel for the second consecutive year. Spain (+10%), Italy (+9%) and the Netherlands (+7%) also posted robust growth, followed by the UK (+3%) and Russia (+2%);
  • Some large emerging markets such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Argentina reported declines in tourism spending this period, reflecting recent and ongoing economic uncertainty. [more - original PR]

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT), via its official website, announced (12-Dec-2019) it will suspend all operations from 13-Dec-2019, citing "long term operating loss and difficult financing situation". The carrier's sudden cessation is expected to affect 3400 passengers (CNA, 12-Dec-2019). The airline also faces legal action from the government because it did not notify authorities 60 days prior of any redundancy plans. This is the second time FAT has suspended operations after its operating permit was suspended in 2008 by the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration in 2008 due to bankruptcy proceedings.

IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said (11-Dec-2019) it is important that the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is "successful and not compromised by a patchwork of competing taxes and charges". Mr de Juniac also said there is a need to get governments to focus on driving the technology and policy solutions that will make flying sustainable, concentrating on sustainable aviation fuels in the immediate term. He added that people are adjusting their personal habits to manage their individual carbon footprints and it is "our duty as an industry to ensure that they have the facts needed to make the right choices on air travel". [more - original PR]

CAAC reported the following for Chinese airlines (Carnoc.com, 12-Dec-2019):

  • Nov-2019:
    • Passengers: 53.1 million, +6.0% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 47.2 million, +4.7%;
      • International: 5.9 million, +17.3%;
    • Passenger load factor: 81.5%;
    • Cargo: 700,000 tonnes, +5.7%;
      • Domestic: 476,000 tonnes, +7.3%;
      • International: 223,000 tonnes, +2.3%;
    • Aircraft utilisation: 9.2 hours per day, stable;
  • 11 months ended Nov-2019:
    • Passengers: 610 million, +8.1%;
    • Cargo: 6.8 million tonnes, +1.5%.

CAAC announced (10-Dec-2019) the 2020 subsidy scheme for small and medium airports, totalling CNY1560 million (USD222.2 million) to 174 airports, including 163 civil aviation airports and 11 general airports. CAAC allocated CNY1518 million (USD216.2 million) subsidy to 168 airports in 2019. The following airports will receive the highest subsidy in 2020:

GRU Airport Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport reported (12-Dec-2019) the following traffic highlights for Nov-2019:

  • Passengers: 3.6 million, +0.8% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 2.5 million, +4.6%;
    • International: 1.1 million, -6.8%;
  • Aircraft movements: 24,261, +5.3%;

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