Public Transport Hits Record of 530 Million Passengers in Holidays

Shanghai, Eve of the National Day

The one week’s National holiday in China, which began on October 1, hit a transport record of 530 million passengers, an increase of 9.8 percent compared to last year, according to official figures published today.

The Transport Ministry said there were a record of 75.8 million road trips and an increase of 9.8 percent from the same date in 2010.

Yesterday also saw a record of deaths on the roads, with at least 52 dead and 19 injured in three accidents in various parts of China.

Chinese airlines also rose by 5.2 percent year on year to 5.98 million passengers, according to Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The number of flights during the week was 42,263, an increase of 8.2 percent over the same period last year and an occupancy rate of between 78 and 80 percent.

The most popular destinations were China’s major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chendu, but other destinations like Urumqi, Xining, Yinchuan and Lhasa also recorded an increase this week.

For transport by rail, the favorite of the Chinese to be the cheapest, the Ministry of Railways mention hundreds of millions of journeys and the arrest of 1,777 people for train ticket resale in the police operation “autumn storm”.

Finally, travel by river and maritime transport rose this week by 2.4 percent to 11.3 million.