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Spring Airlines is China's first low-cost domestic airline. The airline is headquartered in Shanghai and currently flies to 5 domestic bases: Shanghai Hongqiao, Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, and Shenzhen. The airline also flies to Japan Osaka, Thailand Bangkok, Nagoya, South Korea Jeju and other overseas locations.

In 2010, the airline opened up Shanghai Pudong – Ibaraki as a gateway for passengers flying into the city with charter flights. This made China’s private airlines fly out of the country for the first time. Later in 2010, Spring Airlines opened up the Shanghai to Hong Kong route and by 2012, the airline opened routes to over 75 international and regional routes.

This Chinese airline has been awarded the ‘Safety Advanced Unit’ recognition award for the airline. Spring Airlines promotes cheap, environmentally friendly travel and is devoid of all the unnecessary travel services for the passenger to travel in a comfortable manner.

Baggage Policy

Carry-on Baggage

For domestic flights, the baggage allowance is one bag with a maximum weight is 7kg. For international flights, carry-on baggage must not weigh more than 5kg.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowances vary depending on ticket class. For international flights, Non-SpringPlus customers are permitted free carry-on and checked luggage with a combined weight of no more than 15kg. SpringPlus customers are permitted carry-on baggage and checked baggage with a combined weight of 25kg. For domestic flights, there is no check baggage allowance for P/R/X/U/E ticket classes. Y Class customers are permitted free carry-on baggage and checked baggage with a combined weight of 15kg. SpringPlus customers are permitted carry-on baggage and checked baggage with a combined weight of 25kg combined.


Online Check-in

If you make a reservation with this airline on Alternative Airlines, you can still check in online on the official Spring Airlines Website. Simply put in your flight details and check-in! Please be aware that online check-in is currently only available for domestic flights and that if you wish to do so online, you must check in at least 24 hours before departure. Passengers who have completed online check-in may go straight through airport security at the airport.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in can be completed by visiting the check-in desk at the airport of departure. Passengers checking in at the airport for their flight should arrive at the check-in desk at least 60 minutes before their flights are scheduled to leave.

Cabin Classes

All of the airline's aircraft are configured with single-cabin Economy Class seating.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

Extra legroom seating as well as additional baggage are available for pre-purchase online.

Please note that there are no free meals on the flight; for a small purchase fee, a variety of delicious dishes can be purchased.

Economy Class Seating

Enjoy comfortable seating with padded headrests. There is no recline on short flights, but plenty of legroom.


Spring Airlines passengers can enjoy a variety of meals onboard flights including Hong Kong Stewed Pork Rice and Curry Beef Rice. Spring Airlines offers a number of special in-flight meals including Halal and Kid's food options. Please ensure that you book your in-flight meals in advance. Meals available will depend on the destination you're flying to/from.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Spring Pass

Spring Pass is Spring Airlines' frequent flyer programme. When you buy a Spring Airlines flight ticket you can earn and spend points with SpringPass. With SpringPass you'll also be able to get free airport lounge access as well as other benefits.

Airline Alliance

Although the airline is not part of any formal alliance, Spring Airlines offers a frequent flyer program called Spring Pass. Allowing passengers to store their passenger details and save every time they fly.

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Destinations that Spring Airlines flies to

Spring Airlines flies to many corners of China, as well as international destinations such as Cambodia, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. In terms of network, it offers regular flights to eighty destinations around China as well as Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Here's a list of all destinations the airline flies to:

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Hub Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) Is the main domestic airport serving Shanghai, located near the town of Hongqiao in Changning District. It is known as the 6th busiest airport in mainland China. Spring Airline's Shanghai flights are their most popular. In 2021 Shanghai Airport handled over 33 million passengers.

Other airlines that fly to Shanghai Hongqiao international include EVA Air, Tibet Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines.


The fleet consists of over 100 aircraft. Within the fleet, it consists of Airbus A320-200, A320neo and Airbus A321neo aircraft (both loaned and owned). Spring Airlines is always looking to expand its fleet, the airline currently has more A320neo and Airbus A321neo on order.

Book Spring Air Flights in English

With Alternative Airlines you can make a Spring Airlines reservation in English. By using our stress-free booking service in English you can ensure your reservation will be as easy as possible. We offer payments in multiple currencies as well as the opportunity to book your flights using PayPal.

Frequently asked questions

What is Spring Airlines' most popular route?

The most popular route with Spring Airlines is 'Shenzhen to Shanghai' - the airline operates around 5 daily flights to this route. Other popular routes with Spring Airlines include 'Shenzhen to Shanghai', 'Shanghai to Guangzhou' and 'Guangzhou to Shanghai'.