Updated with data through 12 May 2020

Air traffic at China’s busiest airports was down more than 80% through February before beginning to increase during the first week of March to down only 61% from normal. Traffic remained at that depressed level through the rest of the month and into late April. At the end of April flight activity increased a greater rate, passing 5,000 daily departures at the 25 busiest airports for the first time since late January. Flight activity has continued to increase in May with daily departures climbing above 6,000.

Top 25 Mainland China Airports Total Departures through 12 May

Traffic in China

On 21 January 10,522 flights departed from China’s 25 busiest airports (see list below). On 11 February, just 2,123 flights departed from those airports. By 18 February, fewer than 2,000 flights departed China’s busiest airports with just 1,868 departures that day. Total traffic increased ever-so-slightly on 25 February to 1,891 total departures, but flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou all saw further contraction—with Shanghai seeing nearly 100 fewer departures that week. Chengdu added almost 40 flights this week. Flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou were all down an average of 85% from the middle of January.

March stasis, April and May’s accelerating recovery

Flights in March remained relatively flat, but began to show signs of recovery in the first weeks of April. By the last week of April, flights at the busiest airports in China—especially the five busiest airports—signaled a more robust recovery.

Top 25 Mainland China Depatures by Airport through 12 May


 

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Departures from China’s busiest airports

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URC13614915315979282115153534135120877886787983137181
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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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