Xiamen Airlines announces cancellations of Nanchang-bound flights

Updated: 2013-10-28
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The Xiangtang-Putian Railway, which links Xiangtang Township in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, and Putian, in Fujian, was put into operation on 26th September.

The new route helps shorten the travel time between Nanchang and Fuzhou and Xiamen to 3.5 hours and 5 hours respectively.

China is already home to the world’s longest high-speed rail line and some of its fastest bullet trains. The turbocharged expansion of ultra-fast train networks has led some investors to question whether bullet trains could poach passengers and profits from airlines.

In fact, high-speed railways do have a marked effect on certain areas of domestic airlines’ business. According to reports, Xiamen Airlines has shed many passengers since the opening of the Xiangtang-Putian Railway.

The airline recently announced cancellations or rescheduling of Nanchang-bound flights in light of the effects of the newly opened railway.

Starting from 27th October, the Fuzhou-Nanchang-Chongqing and Fuzhou-Guilin routes will be combined into the Fuzhou-Guilin-Chongqing flight. The Quanzhou-Nanchang-Kunming route will also be adjusted and the route changed into Quanzhou-Guiyang-Kunming.

Despite the negative effects the new railway has brought to Xiamen Airlines, it helps attract customers for the international routes of the airline. After the opening of the railway, quite a few outbound passengers from Jiangxi are choosing to transfer in Fuzhou due to the shortened travel time between Nanchang and Fuzhou.
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