Domestic air travel in China will return to 2019 levels next week, according to a forecast by ForwardKeys, a travel data analytics company. In the second week of August, domestic arrivals at Chinese airports reached 86% of 2019 levels and bookings hit 98% of 2019 levels. This week, domestic airline capacity in China was set to be 5.7% higher than it was during the final week of August 2019. International travel to and from China remains deeply depressed, due mostly to strict restrictions on international arrivals that the Chinese government has in place. The recovery was attributed to China’s getting the pandemic under control, according to ForwardKeys. Olivier Ponti, vice president, insights for ForwardKeys, said this is a highly significant moment because it is the first time since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak that a major segment of the aviation market anywhere in the world has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The big question, he said, is whether heavy discounting will still be needed to maintain the recovery or whether the industry will return to profitability during the upcoming Golden Week holiday (in China) in October.