A look at the week
By Jordan Chong
The monthly traffic statistics published this week by some of the region's largest carriers has again highlighted the disparity in performance between airlines with a domestic market and those without.
In the without column are Cathay Pacific Group and the SIA group, which have reported demand, or revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), fell 95.7% and 90.2%, respectively, in March. Hong Kong and Singapore do not have domestic markets. They rely exclusively on international travel, which has been severely restricted by closed international borders during the pandemic.
In contrast, the latest passenger numbers from China's three largest airline groups – Air China, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and China Southern Airlines (CSA) – show domestic travel grew strongly on both a year-on-year and month-on-month basis in March. Read More »