The US airline Jet2 recently said it had seen a “significant increase” in demand for flights to and from China and Hong Kong as the US grapples with the effects of the pandemic.
Jet2 reported a 35% increase in total domestic travel in November from December of last year, with the number of domestic flights from the two countries reaching 7,936 on a per-capita basis.
However, the airline reported that there was a significant increase in demand from Hong Kong, where demand was up 40% from November.
“We have seen an increase in domestic travel demand from both China and China,” said the airline’s CEO, David J. Brown.
“As a result, we have seen demand growth from Hong kong of 25% on a percentage basis since November, a 50% increase from a year earlier.”
Jet 2’s latest earnings release is scheduled to be released later this month.
On Tuesday, the US Transportation Department issued new guidelines for the US government’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to use to test a new aircraft technology, called NextGen, which uses satellites to measure changes in air turbulence and temperature.
NTSb Chairman Richard Fontaine told reporters on Monday that NextGen will “enable a better understanding of the complex effects of air turbulence”.
‘Unfair’ to ChinaThe US and China have been locked in a prolonged and bitter rivalry over air safety for decades, and both countries have seen a surge in air traffic in recent years.
But the US has been hit by a spate of serious accidents in recent weeks, with a string of crashes including a crash involving a JetBlue flight from Miami to Washington DC.
The Boeing 777, a Boeing 777X aircraft, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York on Tuesday, killing all 290 people on board.
According to the US National Transportation Security Administration (NSSL), the aircraft was travelling at around 40,000ft (12,500m) when it lost control and crashed in a field near New Jersey.
At least four people were killed and 17 were injured.
‘Extremely low’JetBlue has been a strong supporter of China’s Xi Jinping as it has lobbied the US for economic sanctions against Beijing in an effort to pressure Beijing to improve safety standards in the wake of a string.
In September, the company donated $1m (£634,000) to the anti-corruption foundation called the China Center for Strategic Research (CCSR).
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said on Monday the NSSL’s data from NextGen showed that air turbulence has been significantly reduced for Beijing’s aircraft, and NIST had raised concerns that it might have increased air turbulence for the Chinese jet.
China’s air traffic control authority said last week that Beijing was improving its air safety record, and it said the NSSC had also raised concerns about possible increased air noise from China’s planes. More: