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Holiday passenger trips up 40% at Pudong airport

Passenger trips rose 40 percent to 516,000 at the city’s Pudong International Airport during this year’s Spring Festival holiday, airport officials said today.

Also, flights rose 6 percent to 3,200 and Japan replaced Thailand, which has been wracked by political turmoil, as the top international destination for passengers leaving Pudong for the holiday.

Pudong airport saw sustained growth in outbound Chinese passengers during the 7-day holiday. Among all the passenger trips — 282,000 entries and 234,000 exits — 366,000 were made by Chinese, up 47 percent.

Chinese passengers traveling abroad from Pudong airport, most of whom were tourists, surpassed 201,000 passenger trips during this Spring Festival, a 41 percent increase.

Japan attracted 88.6 percent more Chinese departing from Pudong than during last year’s holiday, becoming the airport’s most popular foreign tourist destination for people from China’s mainland. Though the number of Chinese tourists going to Thailand from Pudong decreased 12 percent from last year’s Spring Festival, Thailand still occupied second place on the list.

Hong Kong and America were third and fourth. South Korea, with relatively cheap travel costs and a cultural environment similar to China’s, replaced Australia as the fifth most popular place.

Foreign passengers made more than 150,000 trips through Pudong, up 20.2 percent, during the holiday. The top five departure countries for tourists coming to China via Pudong during the festival were Japan, South Korea, America, Malaysia and Singapore.


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