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China Challenges the Giants With Low Fares

Its discounters are hurting established long-haul lines | “Chinese airlines are still hardly scratching the surface”

Crowds at Beijing Capital International Airport

Angus Whitley and Kyunghee Park, with Michael Sasso, Mary Schlangenstein, and Dong Lyu

Most travelers wouldn’t choose to kill four empty hours at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport waiting for a China Southern Airlines connection to Sydney. But for Gina Capella, it was a no-brainer. The Boston resident and her friend saved hundreds of dollars last year taking China Southern instead of a nonstop flight from Seoul with Korean Air Lines or Asiana Airlines. “We didn’t mind the layover because it was so much cheaper,” she says. “Like, almost half the price.”

Chinese airlines are flooding the world with some of the lowest long-haul fares

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