Civil aviation in China reportedly transported 12.95 million passengers over the National Day Holiday from October 1 to 8, 2017. This marks an increase of 14.6% compared to the same period last year. The average passenger load factor stood at over 80%. The domestic airlines operated more than 96,000 flights, which marks an annual growth of 4.12%.
Passenger traffic to the popular tourist cities increased significantly during the period. The average passenger load factor of departure flights for the airports in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou was 90% for the first half of the holiday and 90% in the second half for airports in Sanya, Jinggangshan, Wuyishan, Huangshan, Nanchang, Yantai and Luoyang.
Passenger traffic started growing on September 30th and reached its peak on October 1st when 1.672 million travelers were transported by air. As of October 2nd, the numbers started to decline but the traffic load in the middle of the period was still higher compared to last year. The lowest numbers were registered on October 4th when the Chinese people celebrate a family reunion for the Mid-Autumn Festival. As of October 5th, passenger traffic started gradually climbing to reach maturity on October 7th and 8th.