(Yicai Global) Feb. 18 -- China’s international air cargo flights more than tripled over the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday compared to the same period last year, but passenger numbers slid by nearly half as Covid-19 travel restrictions continue to stay in place, according to the latest data.
There were 2,533 global freight flights, including to and from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, the Civil Aviation Administration of China reported today. This is also a three-and-a-half-fold gain from the same period in 2019.
Passenger numbers were down 45 percent from the previous Spring Festival to 3.57 million passengers. This also marks a 71 percent fall from 2019. The number of flights plunged 51 percent to 47,088.
Seat occupancy was up 57 percent over the holiday, a gain of 5.78 percentage points from the same period last year, due to the decrease in flights, according to the CAAC.
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