China’s Civil Aviation Passenger Service Evaluation announced today that the number of passengers travelling by aeroplane to return home for Chinese New Year is expected to fall by 6 million.
Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases and advice warning against travel, more than 80% of passengers who planned to return to their hometown may cancel their trips. As well as travel restrictions in certain areas, the National Health Commission announced yesterday that people returning home must have a negative nucleic acid test and quarantine for 14 days.
Those who do plan to travel will return home earlier than usual. Nearly 30% of travellers have already returned to their hometowns and roughly 20% plan to travel back more than 2 weeks in advance of New Year’s Eve.