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Airlines slash fares by 60%

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Airlines have slashed ticket prices on both international and domestic flights to boost sales following the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday.

Foreign firms have reduced prices on international flights leaving Beijing and Shanghai, with some cutting as much as 60 percent.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, said round tickets for business class from Beijing to European destinations like Frankfurt, London and Paris over a certain period will cost just 11,990 yuan ($1,755), 60 percent lower than the original price, the Beijing News reported yesterday.

Others slashed prices by half, with British Airways saying that passengers flying business class from China to Britain in March and April can take another person for free.

United Airlines also offered a special price of 4,500 yuan for an economy-class round trip between Beijing and Washington DC until March, half of its full price.

Even global carrier alliances are taking action to lift the sluggish travel market.

Oneworld, one of the three global airline alliances, announced that in the next 10 weeks all 10 member airlines will cut 10 percent off any ticket, according to the Beijing News report.

So far, only China Eastern has reacted to the foreign airlines' price cuts.

It said yesterday that round-trip tickets between Beijing and Los Angeles has been cut from 4,000 yuan to 2,700 yuan.

Chinese carriers, however, are more focused on the competition for passengers on domestic routes.

Ctrip.com, an online travel service, said flights from Beijing to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Harbin are now 80 percent cheaper, and from Beijing to Wuhan, Changchun and Xi'an, the discount could even go to 90 percent.


1. When did the airlines start to slash ticket prices on both international and domestic flights to boost sales?

2. Which Chinese airline is the only one to have reacted to the foreign airlines’ price cuts?


1. Following the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday.

2. China Eastern.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Airlines slash fares by 60%

Airlines slash fares by 60%Brendan joined The China Daily in 2007 as a language polisher in the Language Tips Department, where he writes a regular column for Chinese English Language learners, reads audio news for listeners and anchors the weekly video news in addition to assisting with on location stories. Elsewhere he writes Op’Ed pieces with a China focus that feature in the Daily’s Website opinion section.

He received his B.A. and Post Grad Dip from Curtin University in 1997 and his Masters in Community Development and Management from Charles Darwin University in 2003. He has taught in Japan, England, Australia and most recently China. His articles have featured in the Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times, The Asia News Network and in-flight magazines.