南华早报访谈刁伟民教授:Economyseatsselloutforbusiness-classfares

2020-03-30 15:39阅读:
Economy seats sell out for business-class fares as travellers fleeing a worsening Covid-19 pandemic bid for limited flights to China
Average prices of tickets rose by about 150 per cent on March 15, as Covid-19 pandemic spread, according to Trip.com Group data
· Surge in bookings, prices due to insufficient supply caused by large scale and even complete suspensions by airlines globally
Air fares to mainland China soared in the past few weeks when the coronavirus crisis escalated from a regional outbreak into a global pandemic, as desperate travellers rushed for limited seats
on the few carriers that were still flying to the country amid a widening circle of global quarantines and travel ban.
The average price of air tickets from Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and Iran – several countries with the fastest rising cases – rose by about 150 per cent on March 15, compared with the March 1 average, according to data by Trip.com Group, China’s largest online ticket agent. The average fares to China from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia rose at different levels compared with last year, Trip.com said in response to an inquiry by