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Sep 17, 2020 04:12 AM
ECONOMY

China Air Travel for Oct. Holiday Expected to Jump 10% to a Record

What’s new: Air travel during the National Day holiday starting Oct. 1 in China is expected to rise 10% to a record of more than 15 million trips, according to an estimate by an institution affiliated with air travel platform Qunar.com, one of the country’s largest.

Air tickets between major cities and some of the country’s tourism hotspots like the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region sold out instantly after they went on sale, Caixin learned.

The background: China’s air travel industry is accelerating its pace of recovery now that the Covid-19 pandemic has come mostly under control. The rebound follows a prolonged period of stagnation early this year as the pandemic ground the industry almost to a standstill.

Travelers in China made 45.5 million air trips last month, according to official data released Tuesday. That number equals 75% of the level in the same period of last year.

Despite the expected high volume of trips over the holiday, tickets are priced much lower than in the same period last year, according to the Qunar.com-affiliated research institution. For example, the average price between the popular air route between Beijing and Guangzhou for the holiday was 857 yuan, down 26%.

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Contact reporter Mo Yelin (yelinmo@caixin.com) and editor Bob Simison (bobsimison@caixin.com)

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