China - Short and long-term traffic outlook brightens

Air travel figures in China during the ‘Olympic month’ of August were poor to say the least. Strict security and visa arrangements for the Olympics played a key role in savage reductions in passenger traffic and load factors recorded by Chinese carriers last month, as documented throughout this edition of The Monthly. The restrictions also coincided with record fuel prices (prompting higher fuel surcharges) and the lingering effects of the Sichuan earthquakes.

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