Chinese spreading their wings: the lure of long haul travel
As well as more direct services from some of China’s secondary cities, it seems that Chinese travellers are going further afield in search of adventure and new experiences. Analysis of OAG’s Traffic Analyser data found that there are 15 countries which have seen passenger growth of more than 20% in February 2019 compared to February 2018.
Ten of these are in Europe, with the UK and UAE topping the list with growth of 39% and 28% respectively from last February to this year. The lure of the UK where visitors can see everything from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, and then head north to the wilds of Scotland to see castles and sample whisky in Speyside, continues to draw over 1m Chinese visitors in 2018.