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China Airline Capacity Jumps to Almost Reach Pre-Pandemic Levels

IBA’s latest Aviation Industry Barometer reveals that passenger ASKs from Chinese operators were trending at 96% of 2019 levels in July 2023, a strong increase from 89% in June 2023.


IBA’s leading aviation intelligence platform, IBA Insight, further shows that in July:


  • Monthly global passenger capacity edges closer to a full recovery, reaching 97% of pre-pandemic ASKs in July 2023, a gain of +2% compared to June 2023.

  • In July, operators from Africa, North America, Latin America and the Middle East surpassed pre-pandemic capacity, while operators in APAC and Europe continue to lag slightly behind.

  • APAC operator capacity has now surpassed 90% of pre-pandemic levels, supported by a strong July within the Chinese market.

  • Assessing the current trend, IBA expects global passenger ASKs to surpass 2019 levels by October 2023.

  • In July 2023, there were approximately 04 million commercial passenger flights, compared to 2.82 million in June 2023, while 2.64 million flights were recorded in July 2022.

  • Chinese operators recorded 451k commercial passenger flights in July 2023, compared to 388k in June 2023 and 296k in June 2022.

  • There were 110 commercial aircraft deliveries in July 2023, representing a month-on-month and year-on-year variance of -24% and +34%

  • So far during 2023, Airbus A320neo deliveries have averaged 45 per month, compared to Boeing's 737 MAX at 35 per month.




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