Shanghai tourists swarm Sanya last weekend while airline companies change to bigger planes to ferry travelers
Published: Jun 28, 2022 12:20 AM
An aircraft of Spring Airlines in Shanghai airport Photo: VCG
An aircraft of Spring Airlines in Shanghai airport File Photo: VCG

After two months of lockdown, Shanghai tourists swarmed Sanya, in the tropical island of Hainan, with sales of flight ticket growing 1.5 times this weekend compared to last week. Some airlines even changed to bigger airplanes to ferry the booming number of tourists from the financial center to sun-kissed Sanya.

Recently, Sanya has lowered antivirus measures for tourists from Shanghai. The city said visitors coming from low-risk areas in Shanghai only need 48-hour valid test and another one three days after arrival.

This has spurred Shanghai tourists, who were confined in the city for two month during lockdown, to enjoy a beach vacation. During the weekend of June 25 to 26, sales of flight tickets from Shanghai to Sanya grew 1.5 times compared with the previous weekend (June 18 to 19). Ticket prices also soared from 700 yuan ($104) to more than 1,000 yuan ($150) since July 1.

Juneyao Airlines, the major carrier connecting Shanghai to Sanya, told Jiemian News that it has changed since June 25 to a larger 787 Dreamliner, which is capable of carrying more than 390 passengers from Shanghai to Sanya. It also revealed that the number of passengers from Shanghai to the tropical city has increased significantly in the past week.

Wang Mohan, a Shanghai resident, told the Global Times that he planned to travel to Sanya at the beginning of July but now the surging number of tourists has put him off. "I am not sure. I am a little concerned if such dense crowds on beaches will somehow be risky."

The most favored destinations after Shanghai resumed normal life on June 1 and outbound flights recovered are Changchun, Chengdu, Harbin, Sanya, Dalian and Chongqing.

As the summer vacation approaches and many provinces lowered their antivirus guardrails, hotel bookings last weekend reached the same volume as the same period in 2019, according to statistics from travel agency Ctrip.