Travel at its best is enhanced by ticket reductions

Senior travel officials announced on Friday that China will ensure people’s travel needs and experiences during the approaching Spring Festival holidays by implementing deeper ticket price concessions and increasing transportation capacity. “We intend to enhance the savings on ticket costs, up to 80% off for standard trains and 70% off for high-speed trains, significantly aiding the broader public,” stated Wang Jinxi, the deputy general manager of China State Railway Group, during the nationwide transportation teleconference for the Spring Festival.

 

Li Chunlin, the deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, predicts that this year’s relatively extended Spring Festival break combined with the economy’s recovery would result in a spike in demand for travel and return journeys to see family. The average daily passenger train traffic is predicted to soar to 12 million, a year-over-year increase of 38%, and that of civil aviation is expected to reach 2 million, a year-over-year increase of 45%. “We estimate that the scale of passenger flows will exceed pre-pandemic levels,” Li stated.

 

Wang stated that railway departments will take specific action in areas with concentrated passenger flows and during peak hours to address the anticipated travel rush. These actions may include setting up more temporary passenger trains, adding more carriages to regular trains, and running high-speed trains at night. Given the significance of slow trains for rural laborers confined to their homes, Wang suggested ensuring their seamless functioning. Slow trains make stops at all county and township stations and link isolated villages with neighboring towns and cities.

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