SHANGHAI: Passengers flying between Beijing and Shanghai will now find it
Flights between the two cities will arrive and depart every 30 minutes.
However, passengers will have to pay a price for the convenience. Some
tickets will have no discounts, the Shanghai Business Air Services Company told
"Most airlines have withdrawn discounts, while others are offering a maximum
10 percent discount," Xu Feijun, the general manager of a Shanghai-based travel
"Passengers on business trips usually don't mind the price. They care more
about whether flights arrive and depart on time," Xu said.
The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said: "Prices
are decided by the airline companies."
The new air service known as the Beijing-Shanghai Express Flight was launched
yesterday by CAAC, and five major domestic airlines, namely Air China, China
Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Shanghai
Passengers flying between the two cities will enjoy quicker check-in times,
and security checks. They will be able use one ticket for any of the five
"We are integrating and making full use of existing resources. The facilities
and management of traditional air services should be reformed and optimized,"
CAAC said on its website.
A total of 4,180,000 passengers took flights between the two cities last
year, an average of 11,000 passengers a day, and there were 36 flights every
"The express service will especially benefit passengers on business trips, as
the service procedure has been simplified, and passengers can change flights
freely," an official surnamed Ni from China Eastern Airlines, said.
The two airports will gradually increase the number of automatic ticket
CAAC is encouraging the use of electronic tickets.
The express service will hopefully be expanded to other major cities, such as
Guangzhou and Shenzhen, after a one-year trial operation, CAAC said.
(China Daily 08/07/2007 page4)