(Yicai Global) Oct. 9 -- The number of Chinese travelers taking flights during the country's eight-day-long National Day holiday, which ran from Oct. 1 to 8 this year and is also known as Golden Week, increased 14.6 percent annually to reach 12.95 million, data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) show.
The average passenger load factor (PLF) exceeded 80 percent, with some 1.67 million passengers traveling by air on the first day of the holiday season alone.
Chinese airlines operated more than 96,000 flights over the eight days, up 4.12 percent from last year, CAAC said.
Airport traffic increased significantly at all major tourist destinations, with more than 20 cities reporting an average outbound flight PLF above 85 percent. The cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou were particularly popular among travelers, with PLFs exceeding 90 percent over the first four days of the holiday season.
Flights to the tourist areas of Sanya, Jinggangshan, Wuyi Mountain, Huangshan, Nanchang, Yantai and Luoyang registered PLFs exceeding 90 percent during the second half of the holiday period, the CAAC added.