How Chinese airlines are luring back travelers
(CNN) – From offering tickets at the price of a vegetable to multi-seat discounts, Chinese airlines are launching a series of offers to attract travelers as Labor Day approaches – the first major holiday since the nation stopped due to Covid19.
Resumption of old routes, addition of new flights
“On the other hand, due to the large-scale spread of the virus abroad as well as international flight restrictions, international routes are still showing a downward trend. Recovering from international routes may require more time . “
According to VariFlight data, airline operations in mainland China fell by more than 80% between the end of January and February.
Domestic flights started to rebound in mid-February and, as of this week, have reached almost half of the pre-Covid 19 levels.
“Bok choy-price” and “Magic Box” tickets
For now, airlines are focusing on the next Labor Day vacation, May 1-5.
Some airlines offer far-fetched deals – nicknamed “bok choy prices” by local media because they are as cheap as vegetables – on national routes to attract travelers.
Unlike a normal coupon, these magic boxes can only be unlocked for two specific periods during the fourth quarter of this year and can be exchanged for national tickets at any price.
Less fanciful but also economical, West Air and Urumqi Air offer discounted tickets, while Air Changan and Hainan Airlines sell several package flights.
Anti-coronavirus flight plans
Although aviation is recovering, the Covid-19 pandemic has also had a lasting impact on the way airlines sell seats, with carriers trying to provide travelers with peace of mind.
The ticket price includes specific coronavirus insurance and an antivirus pack with face masks and antibacterial wipes.