Saturday, January 14, 2017

China's Lunar New Year, Spring Festival travel rush begins

The Spring Festival travel rush started on Friday, ushering in the world's largest annual human migration.

During the 40 day travel peak, 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made, similar to last year's number, according to the government's forecast.

The number includes 58.3 million trips by air, up by 10 percent compared with the same period last year.

On Friday, 8.55 million trips were made on railways, 58 million by roads, 590,000 by waterways and 1.3 million by air across the country, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Meanwhile, 1,672 flight departures and arrivals were scheduled at Beijing Capital International Airport, up 4 percent year-on-year, the airport authority said.

China's flag carrier Air China said it plans to add 1,894 flights during the rush, bringing the total number to 47,078 during the period.
   [ Daily]

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