China records more than 273 million passenger trips on second day of New Year holiday

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12th February 2024 – (Beijing) On the second day of the Chinese New Year holiday, China’s transport sector experienced a significant surge in passenger trips, according to official statistics. A total of 273.75 million passenger trips were recorded, marking a substantial increase of 22.6 per cent compared to the corresponding day last year.

Highway traffic accounted for the majority of the journeys, with 261.64 million passenger trips reported, representing a 21 per cent year-on-year growth. These figures were reported by a special work team established in January, dedicated to ensuring the safety and smooth operations of this year’s Spring Festival travel rush.

Railway traffic saw a remarkable increase of 71.8 per cent, with over 8.97 million trips recorded this year. Similarly, air trips experienced a surge of 75.3 per cent, reaching nearly 2.17 million trips. Waterway passenger trips also witnessed substantial growth, rising by 42.2 per cent to 977,000.

The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, holds great significance as China’s most important festival. This year, it fell on 10th February. The holiday travel rush, which spans from 26th January to 5th March, is a period characterized by high transport demand as individuals travel back to their hometowns for family reunions.