China-Korea aviation: airlines impacted by politics; HNA weighs larger Asiana Airlines stake
The implications are stark for Korea, where Chinese visitors constituted 47% of all visitors in 2016. Chinese visitor volume has dropped to levels seen in 2015, during the MERS epidemic. In summer 2017 there is a 29% reduction in nonstop seat capacity. Asiana Airlines and Korean Air are the largest operators between Korea and China, and also have a significant proportion of their total network exposed to China.
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