Aviation is among the worst hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic but as the situation across China gradually shows signs of improvement, airlines there are taking proactive measures to save the industry.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), passenger traffic of China’s airlines in February plunged by 84.5 percent with the whole aviation sector suffering losses of 24.59 billion yuan (about 3.46 billion U.S. dollars).
However, as various sectors resume business nationwide across China, airports are also beginning to regain financial footing following a near two-month travel lull.
As the country struggles to get things back on track, most airlines are offering considerable discounts on many domestic routes with many airlines also offering chartered flights to help businesses get their workers back.
During the worst of the outbreak in China, cargo transportation also became an important business for some airlines.
Some airlines have fixed their eyes on the future offering domestic travel at massively discounted rates while waiting for the virus spread to slow down in other countries before resuming international travel.