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China’s ‘smoke and mirrors’ airport investment programme. But it’s the airlines that need a hand


The Chinese Government’s “unprecedented” USD586 billion economic stimulus package, announced on 09-Nov-08, was meant to inspire market confidence. But significant amounts of the funds have been committed previously, diluting the plan’s impact. [920 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • "New" airport funding - not so sure
  • Airlines rack up USD615 million in losses in year to Oct-08
  • Beijing would encourage closer airline cooperation
  • Two new aircraft arriving every three days in 2009 and 2010
  • Outlook: How to finance an airline crisis?

Graphs and data:

  • Chinese Mainland carriers' passenger numbers vs cargo volume growth: Oct-07 to Sep-08
  • China mainland carriers' passenger numbers growth: (% change year-on-year): Jan-08 to Sep-08
  • China fleet plan: 2009 to 2013 (as at 12-Nov-08)
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