China’s aviation industry took a step closer towards full recovery, as more people took to air travel during the nation’s  “golden week” public holiday, encouraged by a rigorous testing regime, social distancing and the wearing of masks that brought the coronavirus outbreak under control.

The number of daily average domestic flights rose 13 per cent during the holiday from October 1 to October 8 compared with the same period in 2019, with 109,856 local services offered during the period, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.

“October’s gain was higher than expected, as airlines were not expecting a recovery to 90 or 100 per cent until the start of 2021,” said Bocom International’s analyst You Luya in Hong Kong. “It’s not only the recovery of demand for domestic travel, but also because people who used to travel abroad turned to domestic destinations.”

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