79 mln air passengers expected in 40-day Spring Festival travel rush


A technician examines the appearance of an airplane in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- About 79 million trips are expected to be made by air during the Spring Festival travel rush, an 8.4 percent year-on-year rise, according to China's aviation regulator Thursday.

During some peak days, the daily average number of flights handled by the regulator will exceed 16,000, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

Judging from the reservation data so far, the growth of the domestic market is faster than that of the international market, it said.

Railway passengers are expected to hit 440 million during the Spring Festival travel rush, up 8 percent year on year, according to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd.

The upcoming Spring Festival holiday, a traditional time for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as "chunyun," will last for 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18.