Passenger trips on the rise for first three days of Spring Festival travel rush

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  • Monday, 13 Jan 2020

Passengers entering Yinchuan Railway Station in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan 10 to Feb 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). - Xinhua/ANN

BEIJING: A total of 212 million passenger trips were made from Jan. 10 to 12, the first three days of the Spring Festival travel rush, said China's Ministry of Transport on Monday (Jan 13). The number increased by 3.7% year on year, according to the ministry.

A total of 71.37 million passenger trips were made Sunday, the third day of the travel rush, including train trips, road trips, air passenger trips and waterway trips, a 3.2-percent increase from the previous year.

The Spring Festival travel rush, also known as "chunyun," lasts for 40 days from Jan 10 to Feb 18, and the total number of trips is likely to hit 3 billion during the period, slightly up from the travel rush last year.

Over 300 million train tickets have been sold for the Spring Festival travel rush after the presale started on Dec 12, said China's railway operator.

With the operation of a new airport and several new high-speed railways, travel through China's capital city of Beijing has become more convenient.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport, which became operational in October 2019, will take the pressure off the Beijing Capital International Airport, according to the North China subsidiary of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of China Civil Aviation Administration.

The Beijing Capital International Airport has planned 65,200 flights during the travel rush, down 4% from last year. The Daxing International Airport will have 11,200 flights during the period. The two airports' combined number of flights will increase by 7% over the total number of flights via Beijing during the Spring Festival last year.

Flights to hot domestic destinations from the Beijing Capital International Airport are northeast Chinese cities famous for ice and snow tourism and southern vacation cities which enjoy warm weather in winter. While Japan and South-East Asian countries are popular destinations for outbound tourists.

The Daxing International Airport mainly handles flights to hot domestic tourist destinations including Chengdu, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Sanya, Kunming and Lijiang cities. More than 1.9 million passenger trips are expected via the airport during the period.

In addition to the new air hub, the Spring Festival travel rush is also the first major test for the high-speed railway service connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which has been in operation for only 20 days. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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