China Flight Bookings at 15 Percent Pre-Pandemic Levels: Data

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
January 13, 2023China in Focusshare

The first week since Beijing opened its borders—flight bookings are falling short.

Travel data firm ForwardKeys said that China’s outbound flight bookings were at just 15 percent of pre-pandemic levels. In contrast to a 192-percent jump from the same period last year.

China’s travel sector faces a number challenges as it looks to recover: low airline capacity, high air fares, new pre-flight COVID-19 testing requirements by many countries, and a backlog of passport and visa applications.

ForwardKeys Vice President of Insights explained: “Although Chinese New Year is likely to see international travel rebound for the first time in three years, we will need to wait longer before we see a resurgence in Chinese tourists exploring the globe.”


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