China's air passenger volume down 42.4 pct in June


March 16, 2020 picture of people wearing face masks walk at Beijing Capital International Airport as the country tries to contain imported cases of coronavirus. (Photo: CGTN)

BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- China's civil aviation industry has gradually recovered in June as key indicators reported narrowing declines from a month ago, data from the country's aviation regulator showed Friday.

Airlines flew a total of 30.74 million passengers last month, down 42.4 percent year on year. The decline narrowed 10.2 percentage points from May, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

In the first half of the year, air passenger numbers hit 150 million, equivalent to 45.8 percent of the volume during the same period last year.

Air cargo volume fell 5.8 percent year on year to 578,000 tonnes last month, compared with a 12-percent decrease registered in May.