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Sanya-Beijing Flights Cost as Much as $3,940 During Chinese New Year. Here’s Why

A Suparna Airlines jetliner takes off from Sanya Phoenix International Airport on Dec. 15. The loosening of ticket-pricing policy and the strong demand for air travel has given the airlines the confidence to put out undiscounted tickets at specific times.. Photo: VCG
A Suparna Airlines jetliner takes off from Sanya Phoenix International Airport on Dec. 15. The loosening of ticket-pricing policy and the strong demand for air travel has given the airlines the confidence to put out undiscounted tickets at specific times.. Photo: VCG

As the Chinese New Year holiday season draws to a close, a discussion about “sky-high air fares” has flooded the internet. According to articles circulating online, flights from South China’s resort city of Sanya, Hainan province, to the country’s capital of Beijing cost as much as 25,000 yuan ($3,940), while flights from Hainan’s capital, Haikou, also were ludicrously expensive. The airline industry was accused of “slaughtering” travelers during the peak season. Is that really the case?

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