Travel rebounds in China

China handles over half a million cross-border travelers per day, up 48.9 percent since the easing of COVID restrictions on Jan. 8.

Nearly 40 airlines in 34 countries, covering around 700 weekly international flights, have applied for flight resumption with China. The majority of them are most likely to be resumed between late January and February, China’s aviation authorities said.

The demand for travel among Chinese people is also rising fast.

Since Jan. 8, over 1.35 million mainland residents have submitted cross-border applications, up 129.4 percent from before the policy change.

About 2.1 billion people are expected to travel during this year’s 40-day Spring Festival travel rush between Jan. 7 and Feb. 15, authorities said.

China’s biggest online travel agency Ctrip reported that bookings for long-distance travel in China for the Spring Festival holiday have increased 72 percent from prior year.

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