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China's budget airlines spreading their wings, adding new routes

Low-cost carriers account for 7 per cent of China's domestic air travel market, and that is expected to more than double by 2020

Spring Air signed a US$6.3 billion deal to buy 60 A320neo jets from Airbus to help it meet rising demand, tap new markets and improve fleet fuel efficiency.


XIA Lili, marketing chief at a privately-owned Shanghai software firm switched to flying with Spring Airlines after China's first low-cost carrier took off in 2010. Her company has since made it mandatory for staff to use budget airlines when available, and has cut its travel