Passenger trips by air are poised to hit a record high in the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush, according to a news release by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Thursday.

The 40-day Spring Festival travel rush for 2020 will begin on Jan 10 and end on Feb 18, China Daily reported.

According to the release, the civil aviation sector will handle 79 million passenger trips during the travel rush, a projected year-on-year rise of 8.4%.

The administration said there will be over 16,000 flights in service during the rush. So far, there are about 9.32 million reservations for flight tickets for the travel rush, up 13.9% year-on-year, according to the release.

Flight reservations to domestic destinations will rise 23.9%, and those to overseas destinations will be up 9.54% year-on-year. However, reservations to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan declined by 18.9% from the previous year, the administration said.

Capacity and ticket reservations between the Chinese mainland and the United States and Australia will see a downturn for the first time in the past four years, it added.

Airlines trips to Japan, Thailand and South Korea will be the busiest during the travel rush, the report said. Also, trips to France will see an increase during the Spring Festival.

The administration stressed safety and travel services for the approaching travel rush to secure better experiences for travelers.

For example, there are 229 airports across the nation that allow travelers to board with electronic passes to simplify the procedures. Also, 360 planes at eight airlines have offered Wi-Fi to about 7.1 million travelers so far.

According to Simple Flying, after decades of economic and population growth, China is set to become the world’s largest domestic aviation market by 2028. This is according to leading airframer Boeing.

The PRC’s domestic growth will equally be followed by an increase in international outbound demand. China’s significance is further set to increase well into the 2030s, necessitating new fleets, airports and runways.

To meet demand, aircraft manufacturer Boeing forecasts airlines in Asia will require an additional 261,000 pilots and 317,000 cabin crew by 2037.