The 2021 Spring Festival travel rush ended on March 8, according to the official WeChat news from the Ministry of Transport. During the Spring Festival travel rush, all members of the special team under the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council resolutely implemented the decisions and arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, strengthened communication and cooperation, and took strict measures to prevent and control the epidemic situation, ensure safe production and guarantee transportation services, effectively ensuring the safe and smooth travel of the people.
During this year’s Spring Festival travel rush, the people actively responded to the call to spend the Spring Festival on site, reducing unnecessary travel or wrong peak to avoid the peak travel, the passenger flow of the national Spring Festival travel low stable operation, passenger flow scale compared with previous years decreased significantly. Among them, railways carried 220 million passengers, down 46.5 percent from 2019 and up 3.5 percent from 2020. Highway passenger trips reached 60 million, down 75.5 percent from 2019 and 50.20 percent from 2020. Waterways carried 15.366,000 passengers, down 69.7 percent from 2019 and up 24.8 percent from 2020; Civil aviation carried 35.398 million passengers, down 51.5 percent from 2019 and 8.4 percent from 2020. The total traffic volume of expressways in China is 1.18 billion, up 0.5 percent over 2019 and 77.6 percent over 2020.
A total of 29.976 million passengers were carried by railways, highways, waterways and civil aviation on March 8, down 0.8 percent from the previous month, down 52.9 percent from the same period in 2019, and up 129.8 percent from the same period in 2020. The traffic of expressways nationwide reached 31.35 million, up 2.4 percent month-on-month and 179.6 percent year-on-year in the same period (lunar calendar) of 2020.
In the next step, the Ministry of Transport, together with relevant departments, will guide local governments to thoroughly summarize the experience and practices in this year’s Spring Festival travel rush, strictly and carefully implement various measures for epidemic prevention and control, and continue to ensure the transportation services during the “two sessions” and the epidemic prevention and control, transportation services and production safety work as well as normalize transportation. (Xin Xin Jingwei APP)