A number of Chinese airlines recently released their annual reports. The three leading airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, posted a total combined loss of about 12.58 Billion Yuan (US$1.73 Billion) in the first half of 2023. Air China reported a net loss of 3.45 Billion Yuan, China Eastern Airlines lost 6.25 Billion Yuan, and China Southern Airlines lost 2.88 Billion Yuan.
The current number of foreigners traveling Beijing and Shanghai is only about 10% of what it was before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some tour guides said that this has been the first time in their 30 years as tour guides that they don’t have foreigner tour groups to service.
Source: Radio Free Asia, August 31, 2023