The return journey started after the Spring Festival travel festival, domestic air ticket bookings increased by more than 30% on average in a single day, and popular high-speed rail tickets were almost sold out.
On January 24, The Paper learned from the online travel platform "Where to Go" that this year's Spring Festival travel return trip will be concentrated from January 26 to January 31 (the fifth day to the tenth day of the lunar new year), and January 27 (the sixth day) is the return trip. peak.
As of January 23, domestic air ticket bookings from January 26 to January 31 increased by 33% year-on-year in 2022, exceeding the same period in 2019.
The number of train ticket reservations increased by 27% year-on-year, and the high-speed rail tickets for popular routes are almost all sold out.
As of January 23, data from the online travel platform "Travel Together" showed that in the first three days of the Spring Festival holiday this year, domestic air ticket bookings increased by 30% year-on-year, and outbound air tickets increased by 218% year-on-year. The most popular destinations for outbound air tickets during the Spring Festival holiday are Hong Kong, China, Macau, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Specifically, starting from January 22 (the first day of the new year), the number of searches for return air tickets after the festival began to increase rapidly, an increase of 7.6 times from a week ago.
From the perspective of bookings, in the past three days, the average daily increase in air ticket bookings has exceeded 30%.
On the Qunar platform, the top ten tourist sources are Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Haikou, Kunming, Xi'an, Chongqing, and Hangzhou. First-tier cities and new first-tier cities have recovered significantly.
Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Guangzhou rank among the top destinations, and tourists mainly return to cities for work and tourism.
The return train tickets were snapped up as early as two weeks ago, and now there are very few remaining tickets for popular routes.
On the Qunar platform, starting on January 27 (the sixth day of the lunar new year), there are only a few remaining tickets in the early morning hours for Harbin-Beijing, Nanning-Guangzhou, Changsha-Shenzhen, Wuhan-Shanghai and other routes; Chongqing-Guangzhou only has a small number of unoccupied seats Tickets; Chengdu-Chongqing, Shenzhen-Guangzhou and other short-distance routes with more frequent trains are still on sale. Guangzhou South Railway Station is the busiest railway station for the return trip during the Spring Festival travel season.
Guo Lechun, deputy director of Qunar Big Data Research Institute, said, "The return journey of the Spring Festival travel has already started, and the sixth day of the Lunar New Year will be the peak return journey. Compared with the previous period of the Spring Festival travel, the number of passengers during the return period will increase significantly. According to the requirements of the Civil Aviation Administration, airlines will implement the Under the general requirements of 'safety first, market leading, and security first', flight schedules are optimized, and the upper limit of flight volume in February is expected to return to the pre-epidemic level; The number of tourists is expected to reach 80% of what it was before the epidemic, and the orderly recovery of the Spring Festival travel season will be a good start for 2023."
On the second day of the first lunar month, the total number of passengers sent by railways, highways, waterways, and civil aviation across the country increased by nearly 70% year-on-year.
According to the Ministry of Transport, data from the State Council's joint prevention and control mechanism for the Spring Festival travel work shows that on January 23 (the 17th day of the Spring Festival travel season, the second day of the first month of the lunar calendar), a total of 23.525 million passengers were sent by national railways, highways, waterways, and civil aviation. An increase of 38.0%, a decrease of 50.8% over the same period in 2019, and an increase of 67.7% over the same period in 2022.
Among them, the national railways sent 5.223 million passengers, a month-on-month increase of 88.4%, a decrease of 31.6% over the same period in 2019, and an increase of 84.0% over the same period in 2022.
Civil aviation transported 1.235 million passengers, a month-on-month increase of 34.4%, a decrease of 29.9% over the same period in 2019, and an increase of 147.2% over the same period in 2022.
In terms of flight volume, according to the data of the third-party travel data APP "Flight Steward", on January 23 (the second day of the new year), the number of passenger flights carried out by the national civil aviation was 10,248, an increase of 21.4% month-on-month, and returned to 72.6% of 2019, of which domestic flights 9,987 sorties, returning to 87.1% of 2019; it is estimated that 11,086 flights will be executed on January 24 (the third day of the new year), returning to 78.6% of 2019, and domestic airlines are expected to perform flights on January 25 (the fourth day of the new year) 11999 sorties.
The price of air tickets showed a "both price and volume increase". According to the flight manager data, the average economy class ticket price (excluding fuel costs, etc.) on January 23 was about 632.5 yuan, a year-on-year increase of 31.8% in 2022 and a year-on-year decrease of 14.4% ;
The number of flights during the Spring Festival travel has ushered in a significant increase, and the capacity of airlines during the Spring Festival travel is also gradually recovering.
On January 24, The Paper learned from Hainan Airlines that during the Spring Festival (January 21-January 27), Hainan Airlines plans to operate 1,400 domestic flights in the three ports of Hainan, an increase of 3.5% over the same period last year; plans to provide 28.5 The number of seats is 10,000, an increase of 10.1% year-on-year; the number of passengers planned to be transported is 202,000, an increase of 18% year-on-year.
It is expected that January 27 and January 28 (the sixth day and the seventh day) will usher in the return peak.
During the Spring Festival travel season, Hainan Airlines will have about 8,000 inbound and outbound flights in Hainan, with an average daily flight volume of more than 200 flights. Among them, the number of daily flights in Haikou is expected to be more than 130, and that in Sanya is expected to be more than 70.
In order to better meet the travel needs of passengers, Hainan Airlines has increased the capacity of Spring Festival travel flights, increased the frequency and increased the number of routes from Boao to Beijing, Haikou to Taiyuan, Xi'an, Sanya to Changsha, Beijing and other routes, and added additional flights for Spring Festival travel Boao=Shijiazhuang=Harbin, Haikou=Wuhan=Taiyuan flights, Sanya=Handan=Zhangjiakou and other routes.
On January 23, The Paper learned from China Eastern Airlines that during the Spring Festival travel this year, China Eastern Airlines’ flight volume has achieved restorative growth, and the number of passengers has also increased significantly compared to the same period last year.
In the Spring Festival travel season of 2023, China Eastern Airlines plans to invest in passenger seat kilometers capacity resources that have recovered to 87% of the same period in 2019.
During the 7 days of the Spring Festival, China Eastern Airlines plans to operate about 18,000 flights.
Two days before New Year's Eve on January 19, China Eastern Airlines operated about 2,600 flights and transported 266,000 passengers, reaching the peak of pre-holiday travel.
In terms of international flights, from January 8 to 31, China Eastern Airlines plans to implement 43 international routes, an increase of 22 over the same period last year, and plans to implement 400 international flights, an increase of 220% over the same period last year.
In addition, Xiamen Airlines has previously stated that during the Spring Festival travel season, Xiamen Airlines plans to operate 25,560 flights, a substantial increase of over 60% year-on-year, including 2,996 overtime flights.
In terms of domestic flights, Xiamen Airlines has added and increased the number of Beijing-Chengdu, Xiamen-Qingdao, Shenzhen-Wanzhou, Hangzhou-Lanzhou, Sanya-Quanzhou, Guangzhou-Luzhou and other routes. In terms of international flights, Xiamen Airlines has newly opened Xiamen-Jakarta, Hangzhou-Singapore, Tianjin-Bangkok, Chongqing-Kuala Lumpur and other routes fully meet the travel needs of passengers.
The Paper reporter Shao Bingyan