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China’s Air-Travel Rebound Stalls on Lack of Leisure Demand

  • Nation’s domestic timetable is half pre-virus level, IATA says
  • Trade group warns inflight social distancing carries a cost
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A recovery in demand for flights within China is stuck at about 45% of pre-coronavirus levels as people continue to shun leisure trips following the outbreak.

Around 35,000 domestic flights are now operating each day in the Asian nation, compared with 80,000 before the Covid-19 crisis, according to the International Air Transport Association. The figure has been stalled at that point since early March, when services resumed as cases of the disease tumbled.