[photopress:travel_air_china.jpg,full,alignright]Every now and again it is a good thing to step back, take a deep breath and see the situation in a quick snapshot. Looking at air travel in China:
A new airport will be built in Beijing and scheduled to open by 2015. Even with a third terminal opening at Capital International Airport opening next month, Beijing will need a new airport as Capital with its third terminal will probably be as big as it can be and still be manageable.
97 new airports will be built by 2020.
Total airline passenger traffic in China rose to 185.19 million in the year 2007, up 16%. Cargo traffic increased 13% to 3.95 mln metric tons.
Takeoff and landing fees will drop 40% for foreign carriers and 20% for domestic carriers from March 1 this year. Currently, foreign carriers pay about twice as much as their Chinese counterparts in airport fees.
Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has signed an order for 30 single-aisle 737s from Boeing Co. for about $1.94 billion. Delivery of the new planes is scheduled between July 2011 and November 2015
Air France has acquired a 25% stake of China Southern’s catering unit through Servair, its inflight catering unit.
China Air still seems keen on getting China Eastern. China Eastern still appears to be keen on this not happening.