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Postby long_way » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:16 am

The Mainland may be booming, but infrastructure constraints, debt levels, high-speed rail, management inexperience and overseas competition threaten to hamper progress.

Tom Ballantyne reports from China (June 2010)

It is hardly surprising that Chinese airline and airport officials are in a buoyant mood. Their businesses weathered global recession and the worst downturn in commercial aviation history far better than most. This was mainly thanks to ongoing robust growth in domestic traffic – up 22% last year - which offset the impact of dwindling international passenger and cargo traffic during the crisis.
It is understood CEA plans to increase its international flights to 40% of its total routes, up from 30% now.

Cai said the airline has to collaborate with railway companies and he believes they should both sell each others tickets. At Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport the two parties share the same hub. The facility’s new Terminal 2, opened in March, is the first in the world that brings airlines, high-speed trains, buses and subways together under one roof.

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