Well, we sure didn’t see this one coming. Budget carrier Spring Airlines has finally been allowed to fly the highly lucrative Shanghai-Beijing route.
This will no doubt be welcome news to frequent travellers between the two cities as flight ticket prices on the sector have sprung back to pre-high speed rail rates in the aftermath of the Wenzhou train crash.
Still, by giving the airline the rights to only one round trip per day, the civil aviation authority seems to be only willing to take baby steps. Spring Airlines will depart from Shanghai daily at 6am and return to the city at 12pm.
Ticket prices will cost as low as RMB399 (all taxes in), but as is the case with budget airlines, you’ll need to book early to enjoy those special rates.