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Number of air passengers in China 2009-2019

In 2019, around 660 million passengers travelled by air in China.

Air travel in China

As a significant international hub for both business and leisure travel, China’s airports are sites of bustling activity with cargo and passengers being transported in and out of the nation every day. Air travel is a more time efficient mode of transportation and an increasing capacity to afford it among China’s socioeconomic strata has led to the expansion of the nation’s air fleet. In the year 2019, the number of flight hours surged by a significant degree with the China Southern (who are owned by China Southern Air Holding Group) having clocked nearly three million flight hours by the end of the year.

Economic slump

Following the Covid-19 pandemic the seemingly improving Chinese aviation industry has faced massive losses with several flights in and out of the country being cancelled, and the number of available flight seats surged drastically. Furthermore, the industry was predicted to have enhanced employment opportunities for China with growing demand for cabin crews, technicians, and pilots. However, at present, that does not seem to be the case with many airlines shutting down or having to cut losses by downsizing.

Number of air passengers in China from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Values have been rounded.

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