May Day travel figures expected to down significantly as many people likely to stay close to home
SHI YU/China Daily

China awaits a significant fall in passenger trips during the next May holiday period, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

About 100 million trips are expected during the five days. Holiday, which begins on Saturday, a fall of approximately 62 percent compared to last year, said Zhou Min, an official of the Ministry, at a press conference on Thursday.

The average number of daily passenger trips is around 20 million, with the peak on Saturday when 22.5 million passenger trips are expected, he added. , even local trips, Zhou was added.

Travel in the Yangtze River Delta region will fall, while travel in the Guangdong-Hong-Macao Bay area and the Chengdu-Chongqing area should increase.

Heavy traffic on roads is expected, especially in toll stations and epidemic control points.

Zhou remembered through the walks to verify the policies of control of epidemic in advance.

passenger motorcycles and cars with seven seats or less will obtain free passes to wear toll roads, bridges and tunnels during the holidays.

Since April, China has reported 553,251 cases of COVID-19, which have occurred in each region of provincial level, except in the Autonomous Region of Tibet.

Many regions, including Beijing, have encouraged residents to stay during the holidays.

The railway trips are also expected to be slow.

zhu wenzhong from China State Railway Group, the national rail operator, said the company will suspend or reduce trains services to areas with epidemic and adjust the routes to avoid high -risk regions.

Ticket reimbursements will apply according to epidemic protocols, he added.

The civil aviation sector of China also awaits a significant fall in passengers during the holidays, said Liang Nan, director of the Department of Transportation of the Civil Aviation Administrator of China.

A total of 2 million passengers are expected during the five days, approximately 400,000 per day, a significant fall of 77 percent.



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