Guangzhou International Airport handled 3.7 million passengers in Mar-2011, a new record and a 1.3% year-on-year increase. Passenger numbers at the airport have increased by 20% from Mar-2009 and are up 23% from Mar-2008 levels. Passenger levels have increased 39% from Mar-2007 and 67% from Mar-2006 levels, coinciding with the growth of the Chinese aviation industry.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport passenger numbers (2009 to 2011)
Chinese airport passenger numbers and growth: 2010
China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest and the world’s fifth largest carrier by passenger numbers is based at the airport, and is the airport’s largest airline, with a 50% capacity share at the airport. Accordingly, SkyTeam alliance has a dominant presence at the airport. Guangzhou is also a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines, which has a 9% capacity share at the airport.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport capacity (seats per week, to/from) by carrier (18-Apr-2011 to 24-Apr-2011)
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport capacity share by alliance (18-Apr-2011 to 24-Apr-2011)
At present, 16% of the carrier’s capacity is deployed internationally, with 84% for domestic operations. The ratio of international services will increase, as China Southern continues its international expansion. See related article: China Southern looks 'long' as competition from high-speed rail intensifies
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport international vs domestic capacity share (18-Apr-2011 to 24-Apr-2011)
Cargo up strongly to new record
Cargo was also up strongly in the month, with cargo volumes increasing 7.9% to a record 104,627.2 tonnes, following a decline in Feb-2011 related to reduced freight demand over Chinese New Year. Freight increased 11.9% to 72,742.2 tonnes and mail declined 02% to 31,885. Guangzhou was the world’s 21st largest cargo airport in 2010, according to ACI, with the airport benefiting from being a key base for FedEx Express.
Looking historically, cargo volumes are up 49% from Mar-2009 levels and are 62% stronger than in Mar-2008. Cargo volumes were 81% higher in Mar-2011 compared to Mar-2007 and 41% stronger than in Mar-2006.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Cargo Volume (2009 to 2011)
Aircraft movements, meanwhile, increased 2.1% to 28.586 in Mar-2011, following a decline in Feb-2011. Aircraft movements were at record levels in Jan-2011 at 29,994 monthly aircraft movements.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Aircraft Movements (2009 to 2011)
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