Chinese passenger numbers grow in September

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Chinese passenger numbers, both domestic and international, spiked in September compared with a year ago.

The country's airlines carried a total of 25 million passengers in September, representing a growth of 9.7%, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on its website.

The growth was supported by a 9.8% rise in domestic passenger numbers to 23.1 million. Passengers carried on the Chinese airlines' international flights hit 1.8 million, an increase of 9%.

The biggest jump came from passenger traffic on Hong Kong and Taiwan carriers which were up by 12.6% to 599,000.

Cargo volumes, however, were depressed and dipped by 3.5% to 506,500 tonnes.