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Aviation posts solid first-half growth

China has seen continuous development in its civil aviation industry both in terms of safety performance and comprehensive transportation growth, according to the national civil aviation authorities.

By the end of June, China’s civil aviation industry had realized 106 months of continuous safe flight operations with total flight hours amounting to 74.4 million, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

In the first half of 2019, the transport flight hours of the country’s civil aviation industry saw a 7.1 percent year-on-year growth and the number of flights saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase. Amid increasing flights and extreme weather conditions, the flight on-time performance reached 80.35 percent, said the administration.

During the period, the total transport turnover of China’s civil aviation industry reached more than 62.7 billion ton-kilometers, a 7.4 percent year-on-year increase.

Meanwhile, the industry handled 320 million passenger trips, an 8.5 percent year-on-year increase. And the air freight transport volume reached 3.51 million tons, decreasing 1.3 percent from the first half last year. By the end of June, the number of registered commercial transport airplanes in China stood at 3,722 and the number of airports reached 236.

Aviation authorities have been continuously enhancing the development quality of the industry with steady safety control and by upgrading services. All of these efforts sustained the steady and continuous growth, the CAAC said.


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