As a "barometer" of the economy and society, the civil aviation industry is clearly affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic.

  According to data from the Ministry of Transport, during this year's National Day holiday (October 1-7), 515 million domestic tourists traveled nationwide, a year-on-year decrease of 1.5% on a comparable basis, and a return to 70.1% of the same period before the epidemic on a comparable basis.

Realized domestic tourism revenue of 389.061 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 4.7% and recovered to 59.9% of the same period before the epidemic.

  Among them, the performance of the civil aviation industry can be said to be more eye-catching, becoming one of the main forces in the transportation of passengers.

  According to data provided by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, during the National Day holiday this year, civil aviation operations across the country were generally safe and stable. From October 1st to 7th, nearly 9.3 million passengers were transported by civil aviation, and the flight regularity rate exceeded 93%.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and other places travel more, and Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an and other places are popular destinations.

  "Last year, many foreign airlines ceased operations or even went bankrupt, and the global civil aviation industry fell into a trough for a while." Wilson analyst Xu Hong analyzed that China's civil aviation industry is expected to continue to accelerate its recovery and development.

  Recently, Li Yong, deputy director of the Aviation Safety Office of the Civil Aviation Administration, revealed that in the first three quarters, the total transportation turnover, passenger transportation, and cargo and mail transportation of the civil aviation industry were 66.93 billion ton-kilometers, 353 million passengers, and 5.456 million tons, respectively. Increased by 22.0%, 25.8% and 14.3%, respectively returning to 69.3%, 71.0% and 100.1% in the same period in 2019.

  “The reason why passenger traffic has been able to return to three-quarters of the level of the same period before the epidemic is that, on the one hand, the civil aviation industry has gradually found the rhythm of operation in the post-epidemic era.” Xu Hong told reporters, “In addition, major airlines In more than a year, development and layout adjustments have been made. Such a move has further improved the overall recovery speed."

  Recently, China Eastern Airlines (hereinafter referred to as "Eastern Airlines") Hainan Branch was inaugurated and established, marking that China Eastern Airlines, as the national civil aviation team and the main force, has officially opened a new chapter in the construction of a full-service free trade port with Chinese characteristics.

  At the unveiling ceremony, China Eastern Airlines further implemented the "Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement" signed with the Hainan Provincial Government on June 13, 2020, signed a deepening strategic cooperation agreement with the Sanya Municipal People’s Government, and signed a corporate entry agreement with the Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City Administration. Park agreement.

  "According to the agreement, the newly established Hainan branch of China Eastern Airlines will be headquartered in Sanya and stationed in Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City. Together with relevant parties in Hainan, we will aim at a high-level start and high-quality development, and strive to become the main base airline of Hainan. The Hainan Free Trade Port has built an "Air Silk Road" connecting the world." The relevant person in charge of China Eastern Airlines introduced.

  In Xu Hong's view, Hainan's construction of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics is a benchmark for the world's highest level of openness.

The civil aviation industry has a natural "internationalization" attribute, and the advantages of "efficiency, convenience, safety, and international accessibility" will play an active role in the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port.

  The reporter learned that China Eastern Airlines was one of the first airlines to enter Hainan. In 1998, China Eastern Airlines Haikou Sales Department was established, and Sanya Sales Department was established in 2011. At present, China Eastern Airlines operates a modern fleet of 750 passenger and cargo aircrafts. The annual passenger traffic volume is 131 million.

  "With the establishment of the Hainan branch, China Eastern's new era of market territory will extend southward, and will more effectively integrate the Hainan Airlines network into the entire China Eastern Airlines route network that connects 170 countries and regions and 1036 destinations around the world. The global accessibility of air passenger and cargo transportation in Hainan has strongly promoted the rapid development of related industries of the free trade port." The relevant person in charge of China Eastern Airlines told reporters.

  According to the plan, China Eastern Airlines plans to deploy about 50 aircrafts in Hainan as a whole to expand Hainan's national and global route network in an all-round way, and serve to build a new development pattern with domestic and international cycles as the mainstay and mutual promotion of domestic and international cycles.

  Air China (hereinafter referred to as "Air China") is also accelerating the pace of construction in basic areas such as aviation networks.

On September 30, the Changchun Municipal Government and Air China held the Air China Changchun-Frankfurt inauguration ceremony at Changchun Longjia International Airport. At 12:50 noon that day, the first flight departed from Changchun Longjia International Airport to Frankfurt.

  Wang Mingyuan, member of the party group and deputy general manager of AVIC Group, introduced that the Changchun-Frankfurt route is the first regular long-distance international route opened in Changchun. The flight number is CA779/80. It departs from Changchun on Thursday and the aircraft type is A330-300. .

The opening of this route will inject new impetus into the development of international passenger routes in the Northeast region, while meeting the growing aviation market demand in this region.

  In Wang Mingyuan's view, in recent years, Air China, together with its subsidiaries, has continuously increased its investment in the Changchun market. Changchun has become an important node for Air China's development in the Northeast region.

The opening of this route is an important measure of Air China to promote the high-quality development of Jilin's aviation market. It will build a convenient air bridge between Jilin and Germany, promote Jilin's high-level opening to the outside world, and better play the important role of the "Belt and Road" window.

  Xu Hong holds the same opinion: "Jilin Province is located in the center of Northeast China. It has a number of industries related to the lifeline of the national economy, such as automobile industry, food and agriculture, energy and chemical industry, and abundant tourism resources. Its provincial capital, Changchun, is famous for the The city ``Movie City'' is an important window for the country's "Belt and Road" to open to the north. Frankfurt is an important industrial, commercial, financial, exhibition and transportation center in Germany and even Europe."

  Xu Hong pointed out that the opening of the Changchun-Frankfurt direct flight not only conforms to market demand, but also builds an air bridge for exchanges and cooperation between Northeast China and Europe.

  Wang Mingyuan said that in the future, Air China will give full play to the important supporting role of the civil aviation industry in the "dual cycle" pattern, and build a more efficient and smooth air passage for China's opening up and international exchanges.

At the same time, relying on the main business of air transportation, we will continue to support the construction of the regional hub in Changchun, continue to consolidate the strategic layout in the Northeast, promote local economic development, and contribute to new breakthroughs in the comprehensive revitalization of the Northeast.

  In fact, in addition to "weaving dense" aviation routes, the civil aviation industry has also made many improvements on the service side.

Take Beijing Daxing International Airport (hereinafter referred to as "Daxing Airport") as an example. Since its establishment, around the goal of "walking through the airport with one face", relying on "5G + face recognition technology", self-service check-in has been achieved at Daxing Airport. Paper-based and de-manualization of ticket counters can complete one-face authentication for each travel service link such as ticket purchase, check-in, and boarding gates, reducing protection costs and improving passengers' travel experience.

  At the same time, in Daxing Airport, multiple airlines have set up dedicated service counters for 16 groups of three types of passengers, especially for special passengers, including the elderly, when they travel in the terminal during the last mile. Difficulties in regional services and the use of smart technology.

  The reporter learned that such counters will provide convenient services and assistance such as health code registration, service consultation, guidance, and companionship for special passengers, including elderly passengers.

A rest and waiting area for elderly passengers is set up next to the love counter. While the staff assists in the check-in procedures, the elderly passengers rest and wait to enhance their travel experience.

  Faced with the fourth quarter that has arrived, Li Yong said that in view of the characteristics of the season and winter operation, strengthen the safety training for the season change, improve the winter operation guarantee plan, and do a good job in various safety tasks during the transition period of the sailing season.

  "In addition, the Civil Aviation Administration will continue to strictly implement the relevant requirements for epidemic prevention and control and transportation guarantee, and actively cooperate with the establishment of a dual-cycle international and domestic development pattern." Li Yong said.

  China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily reporter Zhang Zhenqi Source: China Youth Daily