Railway stations in Hefei, capital of East China’s Anhui province, sent 4.84 million passengers during this year’s Spring Festival travel rush running from Feb 1 to Mar 12, up 6.5 percent from the same period a year ago, rail authorities said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Hefei Xinqiao International Airport handled 10,780 flights, up 32 percent year on year, the airport authority said ,adding that its passenger throughput rose 35 percent to hit 1.35 million.
While the passenger flow volume went up, it was never hard for passengers to get a ticket.
Hefei South Railway Station launched 35.5 pairs of extra train services before the Spring Festival, and 32.5 pairs after the Chinese new year. Hefei Railway Station added 26 and 28 pairs before and after the festival, respectively.
Express train services accounted for almost 90 percent of the total, facilitating travel a lot and slashing passengers’ time cost, said Li Chuanbao, deputy head of Hefei Railway Station.
The Xinqiao airport launched 1,000 additional flights during the 40-day travel rush, representing a year-on-year increase of 52.3 percent.
More passengers opted to take high-speed train rides as Hefei South Railway Station, which operates bullet trains, handled 2.46 million trips, compared to 1.71 million by Hefei Railway Station, a slow-train operator.
In addition, many people made short-haul trips by using online car-hailing service. “If train tickets are unavailable, I will take bus home. In the worst case, I can still take a shared car,” said Xiang Ming, a native of Huoshan county who came to Hefei in search of a job.