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China-Japan air routes may impacted

03-15-2011 13:58 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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Japan's disaster has also impacted airlines and the aviation industry, both domestically and around the world. Major Chinese airlines say flights will be affected, but are hopeful there will be minimal short-term impact.

China's second-largest carrier, China Eastern, says if nuclear radiation worsens in Japan, passenger volume is likely to drop on China-Japan routes, which account for 5 to 6 percent of its total flights. Analysts say, if the China-Japan route is suspended for a week, Air China, the country's flagship international carrier, will lose 3.7 million yuan.

China Eastern will shed more than 2 million yuan. Air China says it's keeping touch with its branches in Japan to ensure safe flights.

Zhu Mei, Spokeswoman of Air China said "Many places in Japan are suffering power cuts, but they are interim and target only civil electricity. Power for the aviation system is ensured. Currently, our flights in Japan's major airports are running as normal. We are keeping touch with local branches to ensure passengers' safety."

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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