Chinese Airlines to Add More International Routes
The country’s three state owned carriers are racing to increase their international reach as the home market is starting to get congested and is now weighing in on their earnings. These big airlines when combined will account for almost 80 percent of the commercial air traffic in China is now looking to extend its reach internationally as more Chinese citizens are taking trips abroad.
Most of the travel focus was centered on connecting Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to international destinations but expansion is slow. However international growth has sped up as several airlines had their international traffic up 23 percent outnumbering the 9 percent growth in the domestic market. And as the airline set its sights overseas, more and more airlines are linking Chinese cities with second tier international gateways and second tier Chinese cities with international cities as well. Domestic carriers are also attracting more customers for connecting flights such as China Southern which recently increase it flights to Australia and Europe.
Chinese airlines are also adding 23 new international routes for their winter schedule from Beijing to Geneva, Honolulu and Houston. From Chengdu to Frankfurt, Guangzhou and Moscow and Nanjing to Sydney. To cope with longer flights new long range jets are added to make the routes more commercially viable and as new routes are added these carriers are increasing their flights to international routes.
Chinese airlines are facing a decrease in the number of domestic flights as competition continues to offer cheaper and lower prices and a wider network of high speed rail system is attracting more customers away from air travel.