China's airlines earned a collective net profit of CNY3.85 billion ($563 million) in the first half of 2009, a 4.1% increase over a CNY3.7 billion profit in the year-ago period. The earnings improvement was helped by lower fuel prices, elimination of the civil aviation infrastructure tax that was imposed in the second half of last year and an exemption from bunker surcharges, CAAC Minister Li Jiaxiang said. China's domestic jet fuel price lowered 34.7% year-over-year in the first half, ...

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