Price of plane tickets to China have gone up as much as 1,000% since pre-pandemic, report reveals

  • Travelers interested in visiting China may have to spend thousands of dollars on economy-class plane tickets, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
  • The recent report, which cited data from travel services company Internova Travel Group, stated that the cost of airfare to China has soared, with some flights priced at around 10 times more than they used to be pre-COVID 19.
  • For example, a one-way economy ticket from San Francisco to Shanghai – which includes a layover in South Korea – can cost $4,000 or more.
  • One-way economy tickets for the same trip back in 2019 were being sold for around $400.
  • Since China continues to enforce its zero-COVID policy, flight availability to and from the East Asian country has remained low.

Travelers interested in visiting China may have to spend thousands of dollars on economy-class plane tickets, according to a new report.

Some flights to the country from the US are now priced around 10 times more than they used to be pre-COVID-19, according to a Monday report from the Wall Street Journal.

For example, a one-way economy ticket from San Francisco to Shanghai – which includes a layover in South Korea – can cost $4,000 or more. This does not factor in the several hundreds of dollars that travelers will need to pay to undergo mandatory quarantine at a hotel. 

Meanwhile, back in 2019, one-way economy tickets for the same trip were being sold for around $400.  

“I can’t imagine doing this with my family, with my kids,” James Zimmerman, a lawyer in Beijing, told the Wall Street Journal. The business-class traveler reportedly paid $12,000 to fly from San Francisco to Shanghai with a layover in Seoul.

The recent report, which cited data from travel services company Internova Travel Group, also stated that economy-class tickets to China from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport can be around six times more expensive than what they used to be back in 2019. Meanwhile, a round-trip ticket between China and places such as Germany can reportedly cost around $2,900 – around $2,500 more than what they were pre-COVID 19.

Since China continues to enforce its zero-COVID policy, flight availability to and from the East Asian country has remained low.

 

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