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Air China to raise frequencies

AIR China will increase frequencies on four domestic routes linking Beijing from Monday to enhance its presence in east and south China as it eyes growing domestic demand for flying.

The Beijing-based carrier will operate 24 daily flights each to Shanghai and Hangzhou, 18 flights to Shenzhen and 16 flights to Guangzhou.

"The move is to boost Air China's competitiveness in east and south China areas, as well as enhance our advantages in our network," said Zhang Chunzhi, manager of the carrier's marketing department.

Domestic carriers switched their focus to the domestic market which recovered faster than international routes due to the government's massive stimulus package.

In the first nine months of this year, Chinese carriers flew 159 million passengers on domestic routes, a rise of 22.6 percent from a year earlier, while traffic dropped 8.5 percent on international routes, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Air China, the flagship international carrier, in April launched express flights linking Beijing with Chengdu and Chongqing, and its load factor on the routes gained 7 percent and 5 percent from a year earlier during May to August.


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