BEIJING (XINHUA) – China’s civil aviation industry recorded solid growth in the first half of this year, official data showed.
In the first six months, the industry handled over 245 million passenger trips, a jump of 66.4 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Transport.
In June alone, approximately 41.3 million passenger trips were handled by air, up 34.2 per cent year-on-year.
The volume of mail and cargo transported by air reached 3.74 million tonnes in the January-June period, up 24.6 per cent year on year, the ministry said.
According to an earlier prediction from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the country’s civil aviation regulator, passenger trips are expected to recover to around 90 per cent of the pre-epidemic level this year.
The volume of air cargo and mail is also expected to bounce back to the pre-epidemic level, the administration said.