Airfreight industry in China faces difficult times

Airfreight industry in China faces difficult times

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The airfreight industry in China has been dealing with difficult times ever since the global financial crisis began in 2008, however, during the first eight months of 2013, the industry managed to display signs of improvement in demand.

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International demand started to increase in April 2013 and was in line with strengthening of business confidence. A report from the International Air Transport Association stated that airlines in the Pacific region have not experienced any signs of improvement in demand and during the first eight months of 2013 have seen a 1.9 percent contraction in freight ton-kilometers.

Meanwhile, Chinese airlines are constantly attempting to find new ways in order to find a solution for the situation. The manager of the cargo business department at the Dalian branch of China Southern Airlines Co Ltd, Liu Jian recently paid a visit to cities between Dalian in Liaoning province and Guangzhou in Guangdong province in order to look for additional transfer points for the cargo flights of the company.

Jian said, “Connecting flights can take more goods, as each route will be shorter, meaning that less fuel has to be carried”. The China Southern Airlines transports 70 percent of the seafood which originates in Dalian and carried just 4,259 tons of seafood in the first six months of 2013.

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