Air China is set to start five new international routes from May 2017. They include flights between Beijing and Zurich, Beijing and Astana, Beijing and Jakarta, Shanghai and Barcelona; and Shenzhen and Los Angeles. These new routes will give the Star Alliance member airline access to international markets as it expands its international presence this year.
The peak spring festival period just ended last month. Air China saw higher increase rate of domestic and international passengers as well as significant increase in payload and operating revenues. The demand for outbound tourism remained robust, especially during the seven-day Spring Festival. There were some six million outbound tourists.
This year, international oil prices is expected to stabilise and Chinese Yuan fluctuations are expected to plateau. Air China will further expand its presence in popular international markets, seize opportunities and constantly improve its globaly route network deployment.