Date
17 August 2018

Chinese airlines step up international services, WSJ says

China’s big three state-owned airlines are stepping up efforts to expand their international footprint as an increasingly congested domestic market weighs on earnings, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. In the past, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines mostly focused on connecting Chinese hubs, such as Beijing and Shanghai, with big international destinations. But in recent months, encouraged by the stronger growth in international traffic compared to domestic passenger numbers, the carriers are seeking to link Chinese hubs with more second-tier international gateways, and connecting more second-tier Chinese cities with international hubs, the Journal said. 

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