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More Chinese take flights during Spring Festival

China’s airlines operated over 60,000 flights during the week-long Spring Festival holiday travel season, up 7.8 percent from last year, according to an article posted on the Ministry of Transport website yesterday.

Airlines in China carried more than 1.35 million passengers each on February 23 and February 24, hitting an all-time daily high during the Spring Festival travel season.

Chinese passengers made 8.25 million trips by air during the week-long holiday, up 7.3 percent year on year, the article said, quoting data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The number is about 85 percent of railway trips nationwide during the Spring Festival holiday travel season.

Traffic authorities estimated on Tuesday that about 9.7 million trips were made by train during the holiday period.

Back in 2008, air passenger traffic was only about one-ninth of railway passenger traffic during the Spring Festival, but now more Chinese can afford air travel.

According to data provided by the Beijing Capital International Airport, some 1.6 million passengers traveled via the airport during the seven-day holiday, up 7.14 percent from the previous year.

Over 10,540 aircraft departed from or arrived at the airport over the past week, up 6.69 percent over the previous year.

Yesterday was the first working day after the holiday.


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