- Data show that for the whole year of 2019, more than 40,000 people booked short-haul air flights through the Ctrip platform.
- The "White Paper" survey states that about 65% of passengers are residents of the city where the navigable airport is located.
- The under-30's are surpassing the under-40's, becoming the largest group taking short-haul transportation flights.
The full-year 2019 data disclosed by the Ctrip Group (“Ctrip”) may become an important reference for the entire industry. Today, Ctrip stated that it had served more than 40,000 passengers in the short-distance transportation aviation field throughout 2019, and nearly a hundred short-distance transportation routes have been sold online, and it has interacted with hundreds of cities’ navigation points.
Data show that for the whole year of 2019, more than 40,000 people booked short-haul air flights through the Ctrip platform. Earlier in mid-December last year, the annual passenger output of Inner Mongolia’s Wulate Zhongqi Airport exceeded 10,000 passengers for the first time, ranking first in the nation’s general aviation airport.
Among the above 40,000 users, a user who lives in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, purchased 45 short-haul air tickets on the Ctrip platform throughout the year, and the main round-trip destination is Xilinhot-Erenhot. The other two users in Inner Mongolia have purchased 27 short-haul flights between Zhalantun and Hailar and 25 Hailar-Zhalantun. “Overall, compared with 2018, the repurchase of short-haul flights in 2019 is more significant,” Ji Yu revealed.
Previously, the “White Paper on Short-haul Air Transport Passenger Services,” (hereinafter referred to as the “White Paper”) issued by the Ctrip Group pointed out that cheap prices were the main reasons for the majority of respondents to choose flights. Ji Yu’s calculations are, combined with relevant routes and local ground traffic conditions, it is estimated that short-haul flights will save an average of 4 hours per person compared to ground transportation. In the whole of 2020, it will save a total of about 150,000 hours for users, equivalent to a round trip. There are nearly 40,000 flights between Beijing and Shanghai.
In terms of fares, combined with data from the Ctrip platform, in 2019, according to seasonal and market changes, the cheapest short-haul transportation route was only $5, which is equivalent to the cost of a taxi in some cities. The most expensive ticket is close to $216. “The price is cheap, which really solves the problem of people’s livelihood, and it is more convenient for the people,” Ji Yu said. The aforementioned White Paper also stated that as an important link in large transportation trips, it is necessary to assume the responsibility of solving residents’ transportation problems such as inconvenient transportation in remote areas.
The “White Paper” survey states that about 65% of passengers are residents of the city where the airport is located. The number of passengers who use short-haul routes as the first time is much larger than the number of passengers who use short-haul routes as returning travelers. From the perspective of age, throughout the year of 2019, the under-30’s are surpassing the under-40’s, becoming the largest group taking short-haul transportation flights. The ratio of passengers born after 1980 also exceeds 60% of the users of short-haul flights.
Interestingly, Ctrip’s “2019 National Tourism Consumption Report” also shows that the post-90s generation has surpassed the 80s and became the absolute main force of tourism consumption. In addition, the tourism consumption of young people in small towns is also rising.