May. 8, 2012 (China Knowledge) – Mainland China-based airlines carried 293.17 million passengers last year, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 9.5% or 25.48 million, according to a report released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
, the country's aviation regulator.
Of the total traffic, 271.99 million passengers were on domestic fights, up 9.5% or 23.61 million on a year-on-year basis, 7.6 million took the routes among Hong Kong
, up 13.1% or 880,000, and 21.18 million on international flights, up 9.7% or 1.87 million.
In 2011, China saw its cargo and mail traffic for civil aviation sector decline 1% from a year earlier to 5.58 million tons, consisting of 3.79 million tons on domestic flights, 210,000 tons on routes among Hong Kong
, and 1.78 million tons on international flights.
CAAC also indicates that China's passenger throughput in civil airports totaled 621 million last year, up 10% from a year earlier.
The passenger throughput stood at 365 million in East China, 38 million in Northeast China, 59 million in Central China and 159 million in West China.