Local traffic has risen but travel figures for overseas passengers are still lagging Renewed confidence in domestic air travel is driving a revival of China's aviation industry, but it may be some time before international passengers come back, according to the latest airport data. A spokeswoman for Shanghai Pudong International Airport said the number of domestic passengers returned to 90 per cent of pre-Sars levels in the second week of this month, but international passenger volumes remained at about 60 per cent. 'It's hard to say when the confidence of international passengers will be revived. But traffic on the domestic front has been recovering well,' she said. Passenger numbers in Shanghai were just under 427,000 in the week starting July 7, a rise of 15 per cent from the previous week. Aircraft movements were 4,147 - up almost 10 per cent. 'The airport has demonstrated a steady recovery in the seven weeks since the epidemic outbreak,' she said. Aircraft movements last month fell a comparative 23 per cent to 13,974 take-offs and landings, while passenger numbers dropped 45 per cent year-on-year to 989,600. Cargo volume was stable at 105,200 tonnes. At Beijing Capital International Airport - the country's No. 2 gateway after Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport - passenger numbers fell a comparative 57 per cent to 860,243 last month, gaining slightly on May numbers. The airport saw passenger numbers plummet 88.3 per cent year-on-year at the peak of the Sars epidemic. Aircraft movements fell 39 per cent year-on-year last month, to 11,886, while cargo volume also slipped a comparative 35.4 per cent to 35,330 tonnes. Beijing was one of the centres of the Sars outbreak in China, with 2,521 infections and a death toll of 191. The World Health Organisation issued an advisory against travel to the capital on April 23 and the warning was not lifted until June 24. 'Airlines waited for passenger demand to improve before reinstating services,' a spokeswoman for Beijing airport said. Aircraft movements in Beijing airport in the first week of this month bounced back to 90 per cent of pre-Sars levels. About 600 aircraft landed or took off at the airport daily, compared with the previous average of 670 per day. Passenger numbers reached 9.25 million in the first six months, down 26.2 per cent year-on-year. Aircraft movements hit 98,168 in the first six months, down a comparative 15.8 per cent, while cargo volume dropped 16.7 per cent to 257,404 tonnes.