China’s strict measures to contain the Covid outbreak have had a severe impact on the airline industry. In its financial hub of Shanghai, airports nearly froze due to its lockdown.
Shanghai Airport Group owns Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport.
On Monday, May 16, the group released a briefing on transportation and production in April. It revealed that the number of airport passengers significantly dropped last month, the first month of lockdown.
According to The Paper, Shanghai Airport Group announced that the number of aircraft taking off and landing in April was 3,530, a year-on-year decrease of 90.67%.
The passenger volume was 42,600 passengers, a decrease of 98.93% from the same period of 2021. The mail and cargo capacity was 111,600 tons, an annual decrease of 70.04%.
In order to contain the outbreak of Covid pandemic, Shanghai started thto get out of the residential community.
The Shanghai authorities have briefly eased the lockdown for some residents, but e partial lockdown on March 28, and the whole city has been closed since April 1.
Though the city still opens its airports, the number of flights and passengers has dropped sharply. Many residents who want to leave Shanghai must first find a way they were allowed to go out to buy groceries and medicine. The authorities have tightened restrictions again despite a decrease in the number of Covid cases.
According to a report by China Business News, the Civil Aviation Administration of China revealed that the China airline industry suffered a cumulative loss of more than 210 billion yuan (31 billion dollars) from the beginning of the Covid outbreak in 2020 to February 2022. And the industry has still been in losses in recent months.
Some industry participants revealed that the government will give a specific amount of support to each domestic flight.
Shanghai Deputy Mayor Zong Ming delivered a speech at the city’s Epidemic Prevention and Control Conference on May 16. He said that the railway will gradually increase the number of trains arriving and departing from Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Shanghai Station from May 16. In the follow-up, the airlines will gradually resume domestic flights to the city.