On June 1st, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced that China’s airports with passenger flow of 10 million will be available for e-boarding pass and self-check-in service. It will be fully implemented by the end of 2018. Up to now, there are 32 airports with passenger volume of more than 10 million.
According to the official, all of the major airports will support e-boarding pass. The self-check-in machines and ticket gates equipped with facial recognition will also be installed. After putting into use, about 34 percent of the passengers will choose the online check-in or self-service machines, the CAAC said. In addition, it is estimated that e-boarding passes will help save 143 tons of paper every year.
China is the second largest in the world in terms of air passenger and cargo turnover. China's airline passenger flow reached 552 million in 2017 with a 13 percent increase year on year. According to a report by the International Air Transport Association, by the year of 2022, China is expected to surpass the United States as the largest civil aviation market in the world.