February 20 – China's air passenger and cargo traffic totaled 25.67 million people and 354,151 tons in January, up 13.2% and down 28.7% year on year respectively, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
February 17 – China's central bank has worked with seven government agencies, including the National Development and Reform Commission, to release a circular calling on banks to increase loans to businesses engaged in the tourism sector.
February 6 – Chinese carriers will not pay a European Union carbon emissions tax aimed at curbing pollution, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said, citing the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change and international civil aviation regulations. Chinese airlines are also barred from using the EU scheme as an excuse for raising fares, the CAAC added.
January 30 – China's tourism sector received 176 million people who spent ¥101.4 billion during the weeklong new year holiday, up 14.9% and 23.6% respectively from the same period a year ago, according to the National Tourism Administration.
January 21 – As many as 70.25 million Chinese tourists went on overseas trips in 2011, up 22% from the year before and 479% from a decade ago, the National Tourism Administration said.
January 19 – Chinese airlines reported ¥26 billion in net profits in 2011, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. Although the amount slipped 26% from 2010, it accounted for 60% of global aviation earnings. China's air passenger traffic totaled 290 million people and air cargo traffic totaled 5.52 million tons in 2011, up 8.2% and down 2% from the year before.
January 9 – 135 of China's 180 civil airports posted a total of ¥1.68 billion in losses in 2011, according to Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Chinese government plans to build 60 airports between 2011 and 2015.
January 5 – China received 11.26 million foreign tourists, who spent $3.9 billion, in the first 11 months of 2011, up 3.4% and 5.6% respectively from the same period a year earlier, according to the National Tourism Administration.
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