While China’s aviation industry was the first to suffer from the global health crisis a year ago, aggressive lockdowns and travel restrictions have enabled its airlines to resume travel and restore routes at a faster pace. One of the nation’s largest carriers, China Eastern Airlines, recently achieved a major milestone, claiming that its grounded aircraft fleet in Shanghai is now at zero.
Global Times notes that China Eastern’s average daily passenger flight volume has now recovered to approximately 2,400. However, a surge is expected in the coming weeks, with the Qingming Festival taking place in April and May Day (Labor Day) holidays the month after.
The carrier reports that it has plans to add flights for this anticipated surge. The increased services will support travel between cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.
Looking at available flight data, it appears that China Eastern utilizes both Hongqiao and Pudong almost equally. With RadarBox.com’s “heat map” tool, we can see that Hongqiao has posted 198 aircraft movements a day, with Pudong close behind it with 181.4.
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