More investment in civil aviation despite Covid

China’s civil aviation sector completed a total of CNY34.3 billion of fixed asset investment from January to May, a year-on-year increase of 6.6%, Sun Wensheng, Deputy Director of the General Affairs Department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said at a news conference. By the end of May, four new airports were opened to traffic, including two in Xinjiang, and the other two after renovation and relocation in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces. Other airport expansion and renovation projects such as in Chongqing and Xian (Shaanxi province) are under construction, while projects such as the new airport in Xiamen, Fujian province, began construction.

In response to a question about international flights in the latter six months of this year, Liang Nan, Director of the CAAC Transport Department, said the Administration is discussing with some countries to gradually increase regular international passenger flights to cater to travel needs. She also said that the operation of international flights is beneficial to China’s economic development and the movement of Chinese and international travelers. It also serves the sustainable development of the air transportation industry. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, regular international passenger routes with 54 countries were maintained. The CAAC also took measures to ensure smooth logistics in air transport.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport has been recovering, handling 215 cargo flights and 8,770 metric tons of mail and cargo every day, both about 90% of the volume before the latest outbreak of the epidemic. On June 15, Shanghai Pudong handled 237 cargo flights and 9,834 tons of mail and cargo, a record since the latest outbreak. Guangzhou Baiyun has handled 5,465 tons of mail and cargo every day, about the same as in the first quarter of this year, the China Daily reports.