The spring walk has begun –

The Chunyun, or spring migration, when migrants return home to celebrate Chinese New Year, has begun. More than 2 billion journeys are expected to be made during the 40 days, or double that of last year.

The annual spring migration started on January 7th and lasts until February 15th. . The migrants then return home to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families on 21 January. In the past two years, the government has advised against taking action for fear of the spread of Covid 19. The Ministry of Transport expects that 2,095 passenger journeys will be carried out this year, or practically 100% more than last year. The number of passengers on land, at sea and in the air will be 70% of the level before the pandemic.

China Eastern Airlines keeps 763 aircraft available for the spring migration and this with an average of 2900 daily flights, reaching 87% of the pre-pandemic level. Air China plans to deploy 58,633 flights for chunyun 1445 per day or 620 more compared to last year. Hainan Airlines plans to operate 26,000 domestic flights and 204 international flights. It expects to carry 3.6 million passengers, an increase of 67 percent over the previous year Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) expects a return of up to 75% of the 2019 level with 100,000 flights daily.

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says meanwhile China Railway that 6,077 trains with a passenger capacity of 9.04 million are run during holiday peak periods, while 6,107 trains with 9.14 million passengers are run for the recurring peak. The maximum passenger capacity is 11 percent higher than in the same period in 2019.

The Yangtze River Delta is ready to carry about 60 million train passengers during the 40-day travel rush, or 80 percent of the level in 2019. An estimated 25.4 million train trips are made in Guangdong during that period. From now on, China will allow 60,000 residents from Hong Kong to the mainland daily, albeit with a negative Covid test. A total of 6.3 million train journeys were already made on Saturday. In air traffic, 10,000 flights were scheduled yesterday, an increase of 13% compared to last year.


In a meeting with the operators, Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng outlined six main tasks, including securing logistics, mainly focusing on the transport of crucial materials including medicine and coal, further strengthening service quality, improving prevention and protection mechanisms in response to potential risks.

Following the resolution of virus prevention and control on December 7, passengers will no longer be required to present their health codes and negative nucleic acid test results or undergo temperature checks when entering train stations and airports. The journey home is also simplified for those returning home from abroad.

A recent guideline from 13 agencies including Ministry of Transport and China Meteorological Administration, stressed the need to take measures to cope with extreme weather conditions during the travel rush, a period marked by low temperatures and snowfall. Public transport operators are encouraged to take precautions against icy roads, frost and strong winds and adapt their timetables in time to meteorological changes.

In a work plan, the government calls for the local authorities to launch a review of all types of transport infrastructure, including urban transport, ships, high-speed trains and planes, in order to avert security risks. Regarding the containment of COVID-19 during this mass migration, the government has taken measures to minimize the impact of the virus on all transport links, prioritizing medical supplies for transport workers. The country will speed up booster vaccination in industry and equip public transport hubs and long-distance trains with more emergency medicines.

Sources: Peoples Daily, Global Times, China Daily

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