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China’s aviation sector showing signs of recovery

China’s airline industry showed signs of recovery in May, with the decline in key indicators significantly narrowing from a month ago, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Airlines flew a total of 25.83 million passengers last month, down 52.6% year on year. The decline narrowed 15.9 percentage points from April, said CAAC spokesperson Xiong Jie.

Air cargo volume fell 12% year on year to 549,000 tonnes, compared with a 19.5% decrease registered in April.

The punctuality rate of Chinese airlines reached 94.8% in May, Xiong added.

China has been boosting the opening-up of the air transport industry. The CAAC on Tuesday unveiled a plan to trial the Seventh Freedom of the Air in the Hainan Free Trade Port to implement one aspect of a broader master plan, which was made public on June 1, to build the southern island province into a high-level free trade port.

The Seventh Freedom allows a carrier to operate flights between two foreign countries without the need to touch down in the airline’s home country.

The trial of the Seventh Freedom in Hainan means that some international routes in Hainan are now open to the operation of foreign airlines. The number of Hainan’s international routes reached 103 in 2020, up from five in 2003, according to the CAAC.

Mobile phone shipments

Mobile phone shipments in China reached 33.8 million units in May, down 11.8% from a year ago, according to a report published by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

From January to May, domestic mobile phone shipments totaled 124 million units, a year-on-year drop of 18 %.

In terms of new models, 32 were released in May, down 22% compared with a year earlier, while 169 were launched over the past five months, a decline of 18.8% year-on-year.

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