More passengers expected to hit the road after China accelerates reopening
12/09/2022|3:56:13 PM|Global Times

More passengers are expected to use public transport with searches for flights and railway tickets surging, after China has moved to significantly loosen anti-COVID restrictions.

The immediate search volume for flight tickets on online travel agency platforms soared and the search for air tickets for the eve of the Spring Festival reaching its highest point in three years.

The number of domestic flights has risen for five consecutive days. On Thursday, the number of domestic passenger flights is expected to reach 4,736, an increase of 11% compared with Wednesday, latest data from information provider VariFlight showed on Thursday.

China Railway, the national railway operator, said Thursday that it will gradually resume train operations to fully meet passenger travel needs after it cancelled previous requirement for 48-hour negative nucleic acid result and health code for travel by train. It will pay close attention to adjustments to epidemic prevention and control policies across the country and use big data to accurately analyze passenger flows.

China Railway operated 4,468 passenger trains on Wednesday, carrying 2.64 million passengers. The number of passenger trains is expected to increase to 4,609 on Thursday, as more passengers hit the road.

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