As the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush comes to an end on Monday,
the transport regulator saw a significant decline in travel flow compared
with last year and the year before.
Based on estimates, a total of 870 million passenger trips would have
been made this year, a year-on-year decrease of 40.8 percent and a drop
of 70.9 percent compared with 2019, according to the Ministry of
Transport on Monday.
The decline comes after effective and intensified prevention measures
to curb the spread of the COVID-19 and government's call for people to
cut unnecessary traveling.
The railway handled 220 million passenger trips, a decline of 46.5
percent compared with 2019 and an increase of 3.5 percent from last
A total of 600 million passenger trips were made on roads, a drop of
75.5 percent than in 2019 and 50.2 percent compared with last year.
Waterways transported 15.34 million passenger trips, a decrease of
69.8 percent than in 2019 and an increase of 24.5 percent from last
Some 35.37 million passenger trips were handled by flights, a drop of
51.5 percent compared with 2019 and an 8.5 percent decline from last
It is noted that 1.18 billion vehicle trips were made on freeways, a
slight increase of 0.4 percent compared with 2019 and 77.6 percent more
than last year. The number of passenger vehicles decreased but trucks
Monday marks the last day of the Spring Festival travel rush, when
29.85 million passenger trips were expected to be made, 7.55 million by
railway, 20.6 million by road, 420,000 by water and 1.28 by flights.
Spring Festival, which fell on Feb 12 this year, is China's most important holiday for family reunion.
This year, to curb scattered COVID-19 cases, the government
encouraged people to avoid travel and stay put to celebrate the holiday.