Airlines around the world have been continuing to cut services in the last few weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, China’s aviation industry is now showing signs of recovery.
Overcoming the odds
Despite being the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, China has started to already overcome many of the issues that it has faced. Even though there is still a long way to go to, there is evidence of air traffic going in a positive direction.
FlightGlobal reports that Airbus is noticing initial signs of air transport recovery in China. The manufacturer has a production facility in Tianjin, which is a major port city in the northeastern part of the country.
Due to the epidemic, it had to temporarily shut down operations at the site. However, with the spread calming down in the area, the company has managed to resume manufacturing.
Today, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury spoke of the hopeful conditions in China. He said that domestic air travel is slowly growing once again.
Chinese customers were not able to take delivery of planes during the peak of the epidemic in the nation. Now, the businessman indicates that deliveries will resume “quite soon”, perhaps as early as the next month.
Turning the tide
China had seen an 85 percent reduction of air traffic during the outbreak but Faury states that the figure has come back to 30 percent. He adds that the risk in the country seems to be less associated with people within the country as those flying in are more of a concern.
Altogether, there are over 81,000 confirmed cases of the virus in China. However, only around 5,100 of these infections are active. Currently, the majority of the other countries in the world are yet to go through the peak of the crises. Therefore, it will still be some time before we are likely to see recovery in global air traffic amid all the flight bans that are currently in place.
Hope for the future
Nonetheless, even though China’s aviation recovery is small, it is significant when it comes to proof that the industry will recover.
It was only a few months ago when cases China started to spike. Now, the country has relaxed its travel policies but several incoming passengers still have to face quarantines on arrival.
Perhaps governments in other nations will soon follow suit with effective quarantine and testing procedures rather than outright bans. Altogether, further growth in Chinese traffic is hopefully on the cards over the next few weeks.
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