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Over 54 mln people to travel by air during the Spring Festival


02-05-2016 12:40 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Spring Festival

Airports around China are seeing record numbers of passengers as the Spring Festival draws closer.

Civil aviation departments forecast more than 54 million people will travel by air during the spring festival travel rush, 11 percent more than last year. And more than 520,000 flights will take off during the festival, a 7 percent rise from the same period in 2015.

Tourism is helping fuel the air travel boom. Popular destinations for tourists include coastal cities such as Sanya and Xiamen. More people are going abroad this year to spend the holiday, with Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Australia the most popular destinations.

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