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Chinese cargo growth leading the recovery worldwide but some challenges ahead

With China’s GDP surging in the first half of 2010 in response to a stronger global economy, it is no surprise that the Chinese air freight market is going from strength to strength, as the country’s manufacturing sector recovers at a cracking pace following the global financial downturn. But the Chinese air freight segment, still in its formative stages, is highly fragmented. At the beginning of the year, the CAAC stated it would focus on the development of the country’s cargo industry and encourage cargo airlines to undergo mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and business cooperation. Furthermore, in its Development Strategic Plan, the CAAC stated it plans to develop at least one internationally competitive airline company and one internationally competitive cargo airline by 2030. In this article, we review the most recent developments of China's air freight market participants.

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