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China will give cash subsidies to airlines for 2 months

Reuters
China will give cash subsidies to airlines for 2 months

AIR CHINA. Planes of Air China are parked on the tarmac of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, March 28, 2016.

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Analysts expect another year in the red for Chinese airlines in 2022, on top of heavy losses for the past two years

BEIJING, China – China’s finance ministry said on Thursday, May 26, that it would offer subsidies to Chinese airlines from May 21 to July 20 to help carriers weather the coronavirus-induced downturn and higher oil prices.

Cash support will only be provided when average daily numbers of domestic flights per week are lower or equal to 4,500 flights and when the average load factors are lower than 75%, the ministry said on its website.

The maximum grant would be 24,000 yuan ($3,574) per hour to the loss-making flights, the ministry added.

Analysts expect another year in the red for Chinese airlines in 2022, on top of heavy losses for the past two years, as Beijing sticks with its zero-COVID-19 policy to stop the spread of the virus.

Domestic air traffic has plunged because of lockdowns in Shanghai and surrounding cities. Shanghai-based China Eastern said passenger numbers collapsed 90.7% in April year-on-year, while Shanghai International Airport saw passenger numbers down 98.9% in the same period.

Last year, China’s aviation industry reported a net loss of 84.25 billion yuan, compared with 102.96 billion yuan in the red for 2020.

Airlines alone suffered a combined loss of 67.09 billion yuan in 2021. – Rappler.com

$1 = 6.7146 Chinese yuan