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China drives Asia Pacific growth

SYDNEY (Centre For Asia Pacific Aviation) - Global airlines will provide 9% more services to, from and within the Asia Pacific region in Jan-06 than the same month last year, compared to worldwide growth in services of 2% and 4% growth in seats, according to OAG.

China leads the region, with 3,200 extra scheduled services to and from the country this month, up 11%, and a 22% jump in domestic services, with 21,700 additional services on offer in Jan-06 against Jan-05.

LCCs are operating 27% more services within Asia in Jan-06 than last year, for a total of just over 7,000 services. The international expansion of LCC services between Asia and other regions (notably the Middle East) is breathtaking, up 257% year-on-year.

Worldwide, airlines will be operating nearly 2.3 million scheduled services, the highest January services programme since 2001, offering the equivalent of some 266.5 million seats. OAG states Asia’s figures are “all the more remarkable when one considers that just a couple of years ago, the industry was brought to its knees by the SARS pandemic. Aviation in the Asia Pacific is not just resilient, it is positively resurgent”.

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