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Air China eyes domestic travel boost
From:Shanghai Daily  |  2020-11-17 09:29

Air China unveiled its new travel products, inflight meals and COVID-19 prevention measures at the China International Travel Mart 2020, which began in Shanghai yesterday.

The nation’s flagship carrier launched an exhibition at the event, held at Shanghai New International Expo Center, to enhance the traveling confidence of customers and drive economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The carrier has begun operating its 2020/2021 winter and spring schedule with a total of 1,287 daily domestic flights on average, up 22.5 percent on year, the airline said during the event.

China’s civil aviation industry has been recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the latest official statistics showing steady growth in passenger trips and cargo volume.

The nation’s civil aviation carriers handled 50 million passenger trips in October, close to the level of last year and an indication of an ongoing recovery, according to regulators. The passenger volume was 88 percent of last October’s level.

To cap rising demand for domestic travel, Air China has released a promotional product called the “Double City Card,” which allows frequent travelers between two cities additional discounts.

Another product titled “Curiosity Calendar” encourages customers to book tickets on some popular routes without knowing the prices. They have the chance to buy them at lower than market rate.

The “Youth Rights Card” offers six discounted tickets for customers between 18 and 25 years old in an effort to attract more young travelers. The package and products are available on the airline app.

To improve inflight services, the airline launched a series of new meal boxes, featuring delicate and healthy dishes to encourage passengers to empty their plates and reduce waste.

Strict disinfection and COVID-19 prevention measures are also displayed at the travel mart event. Every corner of the cabin such as the seats, tray table and luggage rack are disinfected with alcohol wipes for each flight.