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Old April 4th, 2005, 03:47 AM   #301
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American Airlines gets final US clearance to fly to China in 2006
3 April 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp, said the US Department of Transportation granted the airline final permission to begin flying to China in 2006.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines said it will begin nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Shanghai, China, on April 2, 2006, subject to Chinese government approval.
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China's Sichuan Airport to seek foreign investors for expansion - report
3 April 2005

BEIJING (AFX) - China's Sichuan Airport Group is seeking foreign investors to support the expansion of its unit Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, the Economic Observer reported, citing Shu Chang, deputy director of the group.

Total investment in the project is expected to be about 10 bln yuan, of which 40 pct, or over 500 mln usd, is expected to be sought from foreign investors, Shu said.

Shu declined to release names of the foreign investors involved in the negotiations, but sources close to the group said it is talking with the British Airport Authority, Aeroports de Paris and Frankfurt Airport.

Shu added that the group has received approval for the expansion from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, but is still awaiting approval from the National Development and Reform Commission.

Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the fifth largest regional airport in China and also the largest airport in western China, according to the newspaper report.

Its passenger traffic hit 10 mln last year, and is expected to expand to 67 mln by 2035, the report said.

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Hainan to increase int'l flights this year
31 March 2005
Xinhua News Agency

HAIKOU, March 31 (CEIS) -- The aviation sector in Southernmost China's island province of Hainan tries to serve as a stopover hub and terminal for more foreign airlines, increasing the number of its overseas flights to 6,000 this year, according to the provincial aviation authorities.

The move would blaze a trail for reform of the nation's entire aviation sector as the General Administration of Civil Aviation Administration of China granted part of air freedom rights to Hainan on a trial basis in July 2003.

Two international airports, Meilan in Haikou, capital of the province, and Fenghuang (Pheonix) in Sanya, a major holiday resort on the island, were designated as the hub airports.

The Hainan Airlines will open four overseas passengers flights from Haikou, to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, to Singapore and to Hong Kong and Macao. It will also open two international cargo flights between Haikou and Seoul of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and from Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, to Osaka of Japan via Haikou.

South China Airlines Hainan branch, another major airways operator in the island province, will open a regular international flight from Haikou to Seoul and periodic international flights from the province to Tokyo, Aomori and Nagoya of Japan.

Meanwhile, Hainan will woo four foreign airlines from ROK, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to open regular flights to Hainan or to other Chinese cities with a stopover in the province, the provincial aviation authorities said.

This year the Meilan and Fenghuang airports are continuing to expand. The second-phase construction project of Meilan should be completed in mid 2005 and that of Fenghuang is scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

Thanks to its special freedom, Hainan has attracted 10 foreign airlines to start air services to the province and open 12 international flights. Last year, Hainan recorded 285,200 inbound and outbound passengers by air, a year-on-year growth of 49.1 percent; and handled 3,556.4 tons of air cargo and posts, up 53.1 percent.

Traditionally, an airline needs the approval of the governments of the various countries involved before it can fly in or out of country, or even across the country without landing.

There are generally considered to be Eight Air Freedoms. Hainan now has the right to allow international flights to land on the island, the right to fly from China to another country and to carry passengers to one country and then fly on to another country (rather than back to their own).

Economists believe air freedom rights extension will help stimulate a local economy. If it is successful in Hainan, the practice will be spread to other provinces and cities across China, sources with the General Administration of Civil Aviation said.
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Asiana Airlines Opens Direct Flight from Guangzhou to Pusan
4 April 2005

GUANGZHOU, April 04, SinoCast -- Asiana Airlines of South Korea, the second largest airlines in the country, opened a roundtrip direct flight from Guangzhou to Pusan on March 30.

Pusan, located at southeastern South Korea, is the second biggest city and the largest port of the country, with a population of about 4 million. Pusan becomes the second city in South Korea to open non-stop flight to Guangzhou following Seoul.

It would take only more than three hours, almost half that before. The flight would take off every Wednesday and Saturday, with OZ306 taking off from Guangzhou at 13.40 and landing at Pusan at 17.50 and OZ306 taking off from Pusan at 10.00 and landing at Guangzhou at 12.40.

By now, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport has had 30 international flights (Hong Kong and Macau excluded) to 34 cities.
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Business Times - 05 Apr 2005

Sichuan Airport in talks with European investors


(BEIJING) China's Sichuan Airport Group said it is in talks with European investors about raising money to fund expansion at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, the nation's fifth-largest in terms of passenger traffic.

Sichuan Airport, which plans to spend about 10 billion yuan (S$2 billion) adding runways, terminals and other facilities to the airport that serves the southwestern city of Chengdu, has been negotiating with potential investors, Shu Zhan, deputy director of the general office of Sichuan Airport, said in a telephone interview yesterday.

'We need the investment to help expand Chengdu Shuangliu before demand outstrips capacity in a couple of years,' said Mr Shu, who declined to say when the talks will be completed or identify the potential investors.

Chinese airports are raising capital to fund expansion as the world's most populous nation eases travel restrictions, allowing more of the nation's 1.3 billion people to fly abroad for business and leisure. That will boost air travel by 8.2 per cent every year until 2023, according to Airbus.

Chengdu airport's total passenger traffic is forecast to rise almost four-fold to 34 million people by 2015, from 12 million last year. The company expects to handle 68 million passengers a year in 2035, it added.

The group is also aiming to sell shares in Chengdu Shuangliu to trade on local stock markets, Mr Shu said. The company is still in preliminary preparations for listing and the share sale may not occur soon, said Mr Shu, declining to elaborate.

'Chinese aviation authorities encourage airport operators to seek foreign investment and expand their operations, as long as Chinese investors retain a majority stake,' Ren Houxiang, a director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said. - Bloomberg

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UPS begins cargo flights to booming Chinese province

BEIJING, April 6 (AFP) - US cargo carrier United Parcel Service (UPS) Wednesday began flights to southern China's Guangdong province, long seen as the manufacturing center of China's booming export economy, state press reported.

UPS will fly six times a week between provincial capital Guangzhou and Anchorage, Alaska, with another flight to be added next year, Liu Zijing, chairman of Guangzhou's brand new Baiyuan Airport, told Xinhua news agency.

Express mail sent from Guangzhou will be able to reach 80 major US cities the following day, it said.

The airport, which opened earlier this year, is considering investing two billion yuan (about 240 million dollars) in a 400-hectare (988-acre) logistics park to service the cargo industry, the report said.

Other express service giants such as Fedex, DHL and TNT are also expected begin routes into Guangdong, it added.
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ANA opens route to southern Chinese Guangzhou city

BEIJING, April 6 (AFP) - All Nippon Airways (ANA) will open a new route between Tokyo and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on April 25, the company website said Wednesday.

ANA will launch two to four round trip flights between Guangzhou and Tokyo per week, Xinhua news agency quoted airline officials as saying.

The Boeing 767-300ER air plane will be used in the new service.

ANA already flies to Shanghai, southeastern Xiamen city and the northern cities of Tianjin and Qingdao.
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Chinese airlines suspected of forming price alliance
6 April 2005
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, April 6 (CEIS) -- Without warning, all marked-down air tickets for China's domestic flights have disappeared suddenly from the April market. What travelers have found instead are unanimous air fare hikes by Chinese airlines.

Madam Li, who got a 52-US dollar offer for a one-way flight from Beijing to Chengdu in late March, found the present charge doubling to 104 US dollars, and finally chose to go by train.

Discounted tickets with 20 to 70 percent off, originally prevalent in February and March, have all been raised to their full prices in April. Only some red-eye tickets or late night flights for remote air routes are marked as "10 percent off".

An anonymous official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China was cited by the Huashang Daily on April 3 as saying that the unanimous price hikes could result from a package of new policies approved by the CAAC.

The policies, which allow domestic airlines to establish a price- coordinating mechanism and to standardize their sales commission, were said to have been implemented as of April 1.

Despite the policies' good intentions of stopping airlines from vicious price cuts, some industrial critics still likened them to an official greenlight for "price alliance", which they say will invite price rigging, hurting travelers' interests.

So far, no Chinese civil aviation operators have admitted their participation in the so-called "price alliance". Nor have they admitted receiving similar instructions from the CAAC.

The Economic Information Daily disclosed on April 5 that an industry summit was held late in March, where many air companies reached an agreement to reduce their air fare discounts starting in April.

While aviation fuel prices started to grow in mid-March, the market values of China's aviation shares suffered an immediate shrinkage. Word about air companies imposing extra charges on passengers started to spread. But no Chinese airlines have mapped out new pricing standards so far.

The most common explanation from China's major airlines is their anticipation of bleaker market demand.

Sources from the Air China said that fuel price hikes were not at all a decisive factor. As China's slack air traffic normally bottoms out in the end of March and enters a new growth period in April, air fare rebounds should be a rational expectation of all airlines. The previous price cuts, they said, were just a Band-Aidto help airlines tide over business stagnation.

The industry regulator, CAAC, also rejected that the accusation of encouraging "price alliance". An official in charge of price supervision said on the condition of anonymity that the present price fluctuation did not cross the limits. If price alliance did exist, legal actions would be taken by relevant departments, he said.

On April 20, 2004, the CAAC issued a plan on price reform of domestic civil aviation transportation. The plan stipulated that no air tickets should be discounted more than 45 percent of their standard prices so as to prevent malicious price cuts.

Given that February and March air fares were often marked as 70 to 80 percent off, the stipulation has been virtually reduced to utter meaninglessness.

Civil aviation expert Li Yi held that the practice of price alliance in China, initiated by either governments or air companies, had a slim chance of lasting long because most travelers were still price-sensitive.

Despite China's huge population of 1.3 billion, only 121 million people traveled by air in 2004, which means only one out of ten Chinese took airplanes once last year, according to official statistics.

A major hindrance, as many experts pointed out, is the high air travel cost. Currently, the air fare for a one-way flight in China normally eats up one-tenth of Chinese people's annual per capita average disposal income, which is less than 800 US dollars.
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China Southern to open 3 int'l flights
06 April 2005
China Daily

China Southern Airlines plans to open three international flights in late April linking Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality with a city in Europe and two in Australia, the company source said in Chongqing Monday.

The CZ325U flight will fly daily between Chongqing and Sydney every day and the CZ321U flight between Chongqing and Melbourne will be available twice a week. Flight CZ374U linking the municipality with Paris will be in service three times per week.
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UPS eyes two hubs in China expansion
7 April 2005
South China Morning Post

China will be the main target for United Parcel Service's (UPS) infrastructure investment this decade as part of an expansion strategy that may see the express giant establish two hubs on the mainland, senior executives said yesterday.

The migration of the world's production lines for everything from mobile phones to textiles had tipped the US-based company's hand, UPS president (international) David Abney said at the launch of its first flights to Guangzhou Baiyun airport yesterday.

"Of all the countries, we are most eager to make investments here in China because the companies we serve are more anxious to move their manufacturing to China than [to] any other place," Mr Abney said.

UPS yesterday became the first express operator to link Guangzhou directly with the US when it launched a six-times-a-week service using rights won in last year's Sino-US air services agreement. It became only the second foreign freight operator after Germany's Lufthansa Cargo to serve Guangzhou with a scheduled flight.

However, it may not be the only US operator for long. According to a senior official from the airport's holding company, the airport's management was involved in discussions with Federal Express.

The US Department of Transport last week finalised the allocation of further US airline flights in China for next year, virtually assuring UPS of achieving its goal of setting up a mainland hub in Shanghai by 2007 when the air services agreement will offer more operational flexibility.

However, Mr Abney did not rule out a similar role for Guangzhou. "We have a lot of options for 2007. China is so important that it certainly could justify a dual-hub strategy," he said.

Guangzhou moved just over 631,000 tonnes of cargo last year, up a comparative 16 per cent. But that volume should be surpassed this year as foreign carriers start more international all-cargo services.
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First direct flights between Bangladesh and China to start next month

DHAKA, April 7 (AFP) - An agreement clearing the way for the first direct flights between China and Bangladesh was signed on Thursday as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Dhaka on the second leg of his south Asian tour.

The new flights will link the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka with the south Chinese city of Kunming and the Chinese capital Beijing.

"The direct air link between Dhaka and Beijing will start on May 18," the foreign secretary Hemayet Uddin said.

Wen, on his maiden tour of the region as premier, was given a 19-gun salute as he arrived at Dhaka's Zia International Airport where he was greeted by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and most of her cabinet.

China is Bangladesh's second biggest source of imported goods after neighbouring India and officials say the number of people seeking to travel between the two countries is growing.

National carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which flies to 26 destinations, chose Kunming as it is the nearest Chinese city to Bangladesh and a long-haul destination would not be a financially viable at this point in time.

Bangladeshi and Chinese officials also signed a raft of other agreements covering development, trade and economic cooperation.

A large trade imbalance exists between the two countries and China would send a business delegation to Bangladesh later this year and arrange trade fairs to narrow the gap by increasinmg imports from Bangladesh, the foreign secretary added.

Chinese businesses have invested an estimated 137 million dollars in Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries, and provided more than 20,000 much-needed jobs.

Wen began his South Asian tour in Pakistan Tuesday. He will spend one day in Bangladesh and another day in Sri Lanka before heading to India on April 9 for four days.
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Continental Air Applies To Begin Nonstop Flights From New York/Newark To Shanghai, China
7 April 2005

HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL) submitted an application to operate nonstop flights from New York to Shanghai, in an effort to further fill a service gap created by the lack of U.S. carrier nonstop service in the U.S.-China market.

In a press release Thursday, the air carrier said it will offer service in the largest U.S.-China market, which lacks critical U.S. carrier nonstop service, and will provide a "competitive challenge" to other Shanghai services.

If approved, Continental said it will introduce flights in March 2007 and will use the 283-seat Boeing 777 aircraft.

Continental will also offer online connecting service between Shanghai and points throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

Continental, which said last month that it will be the only U.S. carrier offering daily nonstop service from New York to China, will begin daily nonstop service from New York/Newark Liberty Airport to Beijing on June 15.

Other air carriers outside of the U.S. also have planned to seize growing demand for routes to Shanghai.

British Airways PLC (BAB) hopes to get permission from Chinese authorities to start flights between London and Shanghai this summer, saying that it expects great demand for its flights to the area due to recently relaxed travel visa rules, which make it easier for Chinese citizens to visit the U.K.

In October, Scandinavian airline operator SAS AB (SAS.SK) said additional capacity will allow it to increase the number of flights from Copenhagen to Shanghai to six a week from three.

On Wednesday, Continental announced plans for the first-ever daily nonstop flight between India and the U.S. in order to strengthen its overseas operations and offset its weak domestic operations.

The struggling airline recently posted a fourth-quarter loss of $206 million, or $3.12 a share, compared with net income of $47 million, or 61 cents a share, a year earlier.

Continental, which expects to report a "significant" loss for the 2005 full year, said its 2004 results were hurt by weak domestic yields and record-breaking fuel prices.
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Polar awarded 3 additional cargo flights to China
07 April 2005
2005 China Daily

The US Department of Transportation has finalized its earlier tentative decision to award Polar Air Cargo Inc three additional weekly frequencies for the US-China air cargo service, giving it a total of 12 flights per week starting in March 2006, the carrier said.

Polar started service to China in December with six weekly flights. Last month, Polar increased service to nine flights.

The department's grant of additional rights next spring will allow Polar to offer twice-daily service to Shanghai on six days each week and introduce service to Beijing on three of those flights, the company said in a statement.

Polar is one of only four US freighter operators permitted to serve China and, through its scheduled service network, offers service between China and multiple points in the US, Asia, Europe and South America, it said.

Although the department will not be able to designate another US all-cargo carrier until 2008 to serve China, the bilateral agreement permits an increase in flights each year, Polar said.
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International cargo lift needed if Baiyun airport wants to take off
08 April 2005
South China Morning Post

The flow of south China's manufactured goods through Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport slowed in the first quarter, but other signs continue to indicate the new 18 billion yuan complex will handle record volumes of airfreight this year.

Provisional estimates show Baiyun handled a little less than 190,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first quarter. When the final tally is completed, sources at the airport expect a 7 per cent expansion of last year's first-quarter tonnage, slower than the 16 per cent growth it recorded last year when it handled more than 630,000 tonnes of cargo, excluding mail.

The result will mirror a softening of the overall south China market: Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals, Chek Lap Kok's No1 freight handler, also saw its growth slow to 3 per cent in the first quarter, moving a little more than 532,300 tonnes.

A Baiyun official attributed the weaker first-quarter results to the impact of the Lunar New Year. But the downturn, which is not expected to last, has not deterred foreign cargo airlines from considering the mainland's newest airport.

Perhaps more illustrative of how quickly Guangzhou's capacity is expanding is that its aircraft movements - the number of take-offs and landings - grew 28.4 per cent last year to 183,000, or more than 500 per day.

While most of that traffic remains domestic, there is some expansion of international services.

The well-known brown tail fleet of express giant United Parcel Service (UPS) on Wednesday took its place beside Lufthansa Cargo and China Postal Airlines on the tarmac outside Guangzhou's expansive new cargo terminal.

Lufthansa in November became the first European airline to offer scheduled all-cargo flights to Baiyun from Frankfurt, and Air France has been threatening to fly 100-tonne capacity freighters to Guangzhou for the past six months but has delayed the move repeatedly, the last time due to its merger with Dutch carrier KLM.

The airport's intra-Asia network was boosted in January by Korean Air Cargo's weekly service to its hub in Seoul.

The litmus test for any airport's cargo credibility is when the integrators - global express operators such as UPS - call.

With UPS in its stable, the management on Wednesday said talks with Federal Express (FedEx) - ostensibly about making Baiyun half of its Asia-Pacific hub strategy - had reached an advanced stage and were expected to be concluded by the end of the year.

If it seems like FedEx has been dancing with Guangzhou for ages, it has. The company signed a non-binding letter of intent with the Guangzhou Airport Authority 18 months ago.

Frankly, the Memphis-based carrier is in no hurry to serve Guangzhou directly; it already has a service to Guangdong's No2 airport in Shenzhen and has told US aviation officials that it does expect to have its new hub, wherever it ends up, operational until 2010.

And while the infrastructure at Baiyun is spectacular, the foreign carrier network it needs to attract international cargo remains embryonic.

For example, Guangzhou is believed to have handled a little more than 1 per cent of the Sino-US airfreight market last year, almost none of which was express, the integrators' bread and butter.

That will change with UPS offering 480 tonnes a week of new uplift for exports this year. But the scarcity of international cargo at Baiyun did not escape one senior UPS official at the launch ceremony this week.

"I just hope we can fill it outbound," he told Below Deck as the rain pelted the tarmac and the band played on.

The question is: Can Guangzhou develop fast enough for UPS's and FedEx's fleet aspirations?

Both have signed up for the freighter version of Airbus' A380, which will roughly double the capacity of the MD-11s UPS is using at Guangzhou.

Both intend to fly their first A380 between Asia and the US, and both are considering Guangzhou as a destination.

FedEx takes its first A380 in 2008, UPS in 2009.

While Hong Kong is sure to be among the first airports in Asia to host the A380, Guangzhou may not be ready.
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Business Times - 11 Apr 2005

New Macau airline to launch later this year


HONG KONG - Startup airline Macau Eagle Aviation Services Ltd said it expects to begin operations this year after completing a sub-licence agreement with Air Macau Co, the territory's only airline.

Macau Eagle, whose airline will be marketed under the brand name of WOW! Macau, said it will complement Air Macau by 'feeding overseas traffic to its existing mainland China- and Taiwan-focused route network'.

'We intend to welcome customers to our services well before the end of the year,' Macau Eagle chief executive Andrew Pyne said in a statement e-mailed to reporters over the weekend.

Mr Pyne said a firm launch date and service plans will be announced when it completes agreement with Air Macau.

Macau has emerged as a cheaper alternative to neighbouring Hong Kong as an airline base. Several new budget carriers are considering locating there.

The southern Chinese gambling enclave is also attractive because of a tourism boom amid a resurgent casino industry.

Macau Eagle, had reportedly also been considering Hong Kong as a base. But Mr Pyne said it now favours Macau because of support from the local government and business community.

Air Macau, now the territory's sole airline, is majority owned by China National Aviation Co, a Chinese government company. Macau tycoon Stanley Ho also has a large interest in the carrier.

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India, China sign aviation pact

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New Delhi, April 11, 2005|17:56 IST

An open skies policy on air cargo and liberalisation of passenger flights are among the areas covered by a far-reaching pact signed on Monday to promote air traffic between India and China.

The memorandum of understanding, signed to coincide with the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, also calls for increasing capacity entitlements in aviation routes between the two Asian neighbours.

The pact - signed by India's civil aviation secretary Ajay Prasad and China's director for aviation administration Yang Yuanyuan - envisages more destinations and intermediary links in the two countries.

The pact says designated airlines of both parties are entitled to have unlimited third, fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights in cargo - with permission not only to move traffic between two countries but also to a third country.

Designated airlines of the two countries may also assign two dedicated terminals in each of the two countries, but without cabotage rights - that is the right to carry traffic outside their respectively earmarked territories.

The cabotage clause, however, does not apply to airlines designated by India to combine Beijing and Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, or Shanghai and Guangzhou, the pact says.

The designated airlines of the two countries will each have a capacity of 14 weekly frequencies as of summer season of 2005 and double that for winter that can eventually increase to 42 weekly frequencies by the summer season of 2006.

The memorandum also provides for the simplification of visa procedures for the operating and cabin crew of designated carriers, employment of foreign pilots and use of dry leased aircraft.

It also lays down the guidelines for issues such as code-sharing arrangements - pacts that allow a designated carrier to forego its landing rights in another country to a partner airline for a fee.
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Business Times - 11 Apr 2005

Valuair to start service to interior Chinese provinces

HONG KONG - Singapore-based Valuair Ltd will become the first budget airline to fly to interior Chinese provinces when it begins service to the southwestern city of Chengdu in two weeks, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The airline is also planning to add flights to the southern Chinese cities of Xiamen, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the South China Morning Post reported. The carrier currently flies to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta and the western Australia city of Perth.

Valuair chairman Lim Chin-beng was quoted as saying he plans to charge only about 10 per cent less than competitors on the China routes.

'We would be pricing very close to the major airlines because we don't want to disturb the market and the authorities,' Mr Lim told the paper.

Valuair, which started commercial flights in May, hopes the new Chengdu route will help it break even in its second year of operation, the paper said. The airline has struggled recently amid a 30-per cent decrease in tourists visiting Singapore after the Dec 26 tsunami devastated parts of the region.

But Mr Lim was quoted as saying Valuair still managed an average passenger load of more than 50 per cent despite being a few months behind its target. He said, 'When (business) gets tougher, it becomes more exciting,' the paper reported.

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China Southern Airlines Co. reports big increase in passengers
11 April 2005

HONG KONG (AP) - China Southern Airlines Co., one of China's major state-controlled airlines, said Monday it carried 44 percent more passengers in March than in the same month last year.

The airline said it carried 3.26 million passengers last month, up from 2.27 million in March 2004.

The airline -- based in Guangzhou in southern Guangdong province -- didn't comment on the figures, posted on its Web site.

For the first three months of 2005, China Southern carried a total of 9.46 million passengers, up 48 percent from 6.41 million a year earlier, the carrier said.

It said it handled 62,150 metric tons (68,365 short tons) of cargo in March, up by one-third on year.
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Guangzhou looks like the most sophisticated airport out of these. Chinese airports nowadays are all big and glassy, but the creativity stops there. They all have arched roofwork and glass curtain down the sides. Guangzhou's looks the most creative.
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