Air traffic between China & Africa skyrockets 630% in the last decade
08/05/2019|6:14:02 PM|BDWN Times

Air traffic between China & Africa skyrockets 630% in the last decade Massive Chinese investment pouring into Africa has led to the rapid expansion of air traffic between the east Asian country and the continent.

There are currently eight direct flights operating on an average day between China and African nations. That is a huge increase from less than a decade ago when airlines averaged less than one flight a day.

At the moment, the Africa-China traffic route is serving 2,616 annual flights, according to statistics from aviation company OAG, which were seen by Quartz. They showed the airline fleets operating between China and Africa are now capable of carrying about 850,000 passengers annually.

Ethiopian Airlines, which didn’t have a single Africa-China route nine years ago, is now operating almost half of the 2,616 annual flights. The carrier has more than doubled the size of its fleet in the last decade, becoming the largest airline operator in Africa.

Chinese travelers comprise the airline’s largest group of customers, according to its spokesman, Asrat Begashaw. The airline flies daily to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and three times a week to Chengdu. It has announced plans to add three more Chinese destinations.

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