Updated 27 February 2020

Air traffic at China’s busiest airports is down more than 80% since the beginning of the year. The decline began during the third week in January and accelerated in the fourth week. Declines have pared a bit in February, but this is likely due to an already dramatic reduction in operations. Until the recovery begins, this level of service appears to be the new status quo.

Falling traffic in China

Total China Departures through 25 Feb

Total China Departures through 25 Feb

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 this week. Chengdu added almost 40 flights this week. Flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are all down an average of 85% from the middle of January.

China Departures to Feb 25 by airport

Departures from Europe’s busiest airports to China are also about about 90% since 21 January.

Flights from Europe to China

Flights from Europe to China

And from Seoul-ICN flights have decreased by 84%.

Flights from ICN to China

Global commercial traffic 2019-2020

Global commercial traffic 2019-2020

Global commercial traffic (flights operated by an airline, both passenger and cargo) is down 4.4% for February from last year.

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The map below shows flights to and from the 25 busiest airports in mainland China. You may also visit our airports data page to track flights and see cancellations at over 200 airports in China.

Departures from China’s busiest airports

Airport 31 Dec 7 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Jan 04 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb
PEK 899 919 932 922 679 341 209 159 128
PVG 764 790 823 841 685 371 260 227 135
CAN 757 768 841 854 637 288 196 156 132
CTU 582 578 608 632 484 207 157 171 210
SZX 581 570 609 624 505 199 170 135 140
KMG 520 549 571 589 466 132 86 98 115
XIY 526 516 536 554 397 112 58 56 83
SHA 453 462 481 468 323 149 143 113 109
CKG 523 518 561 565 443 136 97 115 153
HGH 404 426 433 443 305 83 60 88 110
NKG 325 331 357 351 263 85 54 55 60
CGO 306 285 340 341 239 55 44 41 53
XMN 284 298 311 314 183 84 64 59 66
CSX 238 237 276 281 204 45 42 36 40
TAO 288 287 293 329 213 77 56 40 46
WUH 272 271 300 303 16 15 13 6 4
HAK 270 271 287 298 256 100 60 41 44
TSN 219 243 254 261 208 76 42 36 25
URC 136 149 153 159 79 28 21 15 15
HRB 207 208 221 224 180 73 57 39 31
KWE 192 207 200 208 165 35 26 29 54
SYX 271 222 292 313 259 85 72 52 38
SHE 195 198 214 222 179 62 60 40 39
DLC 220 199 219 226 141 75 41 36 31
TNA 175 170 195 200 154 38 35 25 30

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