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Week 7

Orient Aviation Daily Digest February 19, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

There was a lot of passenger traffic data published this week and much of it highlighted the difficulties airlines continue to face from the coronavirus pandemic and closed international borders.

Cathay Pacific Group carried an eye-watering 981 passengers a day in January, the first time it had dipped below the 1,000 passenger mark since June last year.

Any improvement in conditions looks a while off after Cathay's chief customer and commercial officer, Ronald Lam, noted in the traffic report the coming months would be extremely challenging. Read More »



China Eastern reports 39% domestic passenger decline for January

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) said it flew 5.1 million passengers on its domestic network in January, down 39% from 8.3 million a year ago. Read More »



China’s biggest carrier records disappointing domestic traffic in first weeks of 2021

China Southern Airlines' (CSA) monthly traffic report showed it carried 6 million passengers in January, a decline of 36.7%, from 9.5 million, in January 2020. Read More »



Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund backs quarantine free meeting zone for international business travellers

Temasek, the Singapore government's investment arm, has launched a pilot facility at Singapore EXPO and Max Atria, five minutes from Changi Airport, for international business travellers to visit Singapore and meet with locals without undertaking quarantine. Read More »



India’s domestic traffic declines mirror Asia-Pacific rivals

Indian carriers flew 7.7 million domestic passengers in January 2021, down 39.5% from 12.8 million in the same month last year, figures from the country's Directorate General of Civil Aviation show. Read More »



Japan Airlines boosting domestic capacity to 48% next month

Japan Airlines (JAL) said yesterday it would operate 48% of its original domestic schedule for the month of March. Read More »



Malaysia’s High Court allows AirAsia X to meet creditors

Malaysia's High Court has granted AirAsia X permission to hold meetings with its creditors, The Edge Markets reported today. Read More »