More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but