While other countries are struggling to even retrieve half of the traffic prior to COVID19 Chinese domestic flights are now running at the same level as before coronavirus crisis.
The number of domestic Chinese flights in October topped last year’s levels with passenger numbers indicating the local aviation sector is now a full recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
China’s domestic travel a robust rebound over the eight-day Golden Week holiday at the start of October, encouraged by the country’s success in reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and cheap fares offered by hotels, airlines and tourist hotspots.
Domestic passenger numbers reached 47.75 million, or 98% of 2019’s levels in September, Qiao Yibin, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told a news conference.
Airlines have recently rolled out promotional deals featuring all-you-can fly packages to fuel a recovery in Chinese passenger numbers, though based on lower fares than the prior year.