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Air travel increasingly popular in China

By Bai Tianliang (People's Daily)

16:26, December 28, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China’s air passenger volume is expected to reach 290 million in 2011, up over 8 percent from a year earlier, and may rise to 320 million in 2012, according to information from a national civil aviation conference. Air travel is becoming increasingly popular in the country.

Li Jun, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said China’s aviation industry has witnessed steady development in 2011, with the air freight volume expected to reach 57.4 billion ton-kilometers, up nearly 7 percent from last year.

The total profits of the aviation industry are expected to reach 45.6 billion yuan this year, up over 5 percent from last year, despite rising fuel costs and grim global market conditions.

China will continue to make great efforts to promote the development of the aviation sector in its central and western regions in 2012, in a bid to make air travel available to more people. Total fixed-asset investment in the country’s aviation sector will reach 158.5 billion yuan next year, including 75 billion yuan for infrastructure construction. A major part of the investment will go to the central and western regions.

Flight punctuality has greatly improved in China over the past year. The country’s flight punctuality rate reached nearly 77 percent in the first 11 months of the year, up 1.9 percentage points from the same period of last year.

The CAAC will continue to improve flight punctuality, and strive to raise the rate by 2 percentage points in 2012.

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