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Air travel is set to flourish over the next week in the Asia Pacific region, with Chinese New Year just around the corner.
The year of the goat will see a huge amount of capacity coming out of the big three airports, with Beijing (PEK and NAY) expecting 804 departures over the holiday season from February 18 – a total of 154,361 seats.
Shanghai (PVG and SHA) runs a very close second with a total of 797 departures and 145,038 seats. Guangzhou (CAN) is set to process 493 departures, with a total of 85,085 seats, according to OAG.
Seats are very much in demand, with additional capacity being provided by carriers during this time. China Eastern is the top airline travelling to and from China over the New Year period, with a capacity of 427,704. Air China and China Southern sit very closely with capacities of 352,214 and 347,636 respectively. Dragon Air and Asiana Airlines come fourth and fifth for airlines travelling to and from China over Chinese New Year, with capacities of 185,428 and 110,656 respectively.
Outside of China, OAG has noted the top international destinations from China over the New Year period. Hong Kong International (HKG) takes first place, with a capacity of 217,401 and a frequency of 1,077. Seoul Incheon (ICN) and Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International (TPE) rank second and third in terms of top international destinations from China, while Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) ranks fourth with a frequency of 510 and a capacity of 101,006. Singapore Changi (SIN) is the fifth most popular international destination from China over the New Year period according to OAG, with a frequency of 358 and a capacity of just over 81,000.
With Routes Asia in Kunming, Yunnan in China from 15 – 17 March, 2015, it looks like it’s going to be a busy time for the aviation industry in Asia.
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