China air journeys rise to 487 millionChina | 20 Feb 2017 8:41 pm
China's civil aviation sector posted strong growth in passenger trips and cargo last year, official data show.
Air passenger trips grew by 11.8 percent year-on-year to 487.8 million last year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The growth was faster than the 11.3 percent increase in 2015 and the annual average rate of 10.4 percent between 2010 and 2015.
Passenger trips made on domestic routes increased 10.7 percent on-year to 436 million in 2016, while those made on international routes grew by 22.7 percent to 51.6 million.
During the same period, cargo and mail transport reached 6.7 million tons, up 6 percent on-year. China ranks second in the world in terms of passenger and cargo turnover by air, behind the United States.-Xinhua