Published on : Saturday, January 14, 2017
According to the ministry, more than 2.98 billion trips would be made within a span of 40 days, which also includes the Lunar New Year. it is up by 2.2 per cent compared to the last year.
From 2015, the railway network is likely to see a 9.7 per cent jump in trips and the airlines will accommodate about 58.3 million trips, up 10 per cent. For the road trips, it is going to be as high as an expected 2.52 billion trips.
The ministry also added that it expected further pressure on the transport network from stronger-than-usual winter and spring demand for freight transport for coal, grain and fertiliser. More carrying capacity will be added by introducing more trains and flights. Security will also be tightened to guard the sale against the sale of fake tickets.
During the Spring Festival travellers brave long queues, delays and gridlock to travel home.
Last year, more than 50,000 passengers were stranded at a railway station in the city of Guangzhou because of bad weather. In fact, every year, during this festival, it is marked as the world’s largest seasonal migration of people.