China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines have rolled out promotional packages that let passengers book unlimited flights priced around $500 for a select period of time in an effort to boost domestic travel in the country.
China Southern Airlines’ “Fly Happily” deal allows passengers to use passes for as many flights as they wish for destinations across China from August 26 to January 6 for 3,699 yuan ($529), according to a report from Reuters.
Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines launched a “fly at will” discount package in June that lets passengers book unlimited weekend flights until December 31 this year. The carrier says over 150,000 people have bought and used the discounted air tickets. These are priced at 3,322 yuan (about $474).
The airline says the average passenger load factor of flights from Shanghai to more than ten destinations has risen by nearly 20 per cent, “with the figure of some flights even surpassing 90 per cent”.
According to data analytics company Cirium, a total of 64 million seats have been scheduled to fly within China for the month of July. China has the second most domestic flights scheduled for July (378,434), while the US is leading with 413,538 scheduled domestic flights. However, the US trails behind China when it comes to actual capacity on the flights being operated, adds Cirium.