China's airlines are starting to resume some previously suspended flights in a short-term boost for domestic jet fuel demand, as some Chinese cities reduce the number of higher risk Covid-19 regions to medium or low risk.
Chinese airlines are hoping to regain lost revenue in an abrupt end to the peak summer travel season after a resurgence in Covid-19 cases from July curbed travel demand.
Air China plans to resume flights between Beijing Capital International and Zhejiang province's Ningbo Lishe International airports from today after a two-week suspension. The Beijing-Ningbo route is one of the busiest for the Lishe airport. China Southern, Hebei Airlines and low-cost carrier China United Airlines also plan to resume flights from Beijing's other international airport Daxing from today.
China may still contribute to international flight recovery this year despite the recent resurgence in Covid-19 cases. China this week saw major airlines adding back more seats capacity with China Eastern leading the recovery with over 23% capacity growth from a week earlier, according to a report yesterday by flight data provider OAG.
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