Holiday passenger turnover down 40%

Writer: Han Ximin  |  Editor: Holly Wang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2020-06-29

The passenger turnover through rail, airport, ferry and road services dropped by 43 percent to 1.44 million during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, statistics from the Shenzhen Municipal Transport Bureau showed.

Among it, the passenger turnover through road service dropped by three-quarters to 79,200, while the turnover through air and rail services dropped by 30 percent and 38 percent respectively, statistics showed.

Air service handled 290,800 passengers and rail service, the major means of holiday travel, handled 1.04 million, taking up 72.65 percent of the total number of travelers. In three days, rail terminals handled a daily average of 480,500 passengers, up by 33.2 percent compared to the daily average during the May Day holiday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, family driving trips became one major means of holiday travel. As of noon Saturday, the last day of the holiday, Shenzhen police recorded 3.76 million vehicle trips, down by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

Outbound vehicles leaving the city reached 756,300 trips, equivalent to the number of the same period last year, but the number of inbound vehicles dropped by 32.7 percent to 601,000 trips.

Trips to the city’s eastern attractions remained popular with a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year, police said.

On the last day of the holiday, Saturday, the city saw heavy traffic of returning vehicles on Meiguan Expressway, Yanba Expressway, Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway, 107 National Highway and Shenzhen-Shantou Expressway.

Twenty-four-hour monitoring showed the vehicles on roads to Dapeng increased by 47 percent to 54,755 vehicles. Among the vehicles to Dameisha and Dapeng, locally registered vehicles were 41,352, taking up 56.7 percent of the toal and an increase of 18.2 percent. The nonlocal vehicles within the province took up 27.6 percent, up by 23.6 percent. The number of vehicles from outside the province took up 15.7 percent.

In three days, the law enforcement units of Shenzhen’s transport bureau handled 91 illegal passenger transport businesses at railways, airports and seaport terminals including 12 cases involving buses, 16 cases of unlicensed app-based shared cab service and six cases involving traditional cabs.