Spring Airlines, the new Shanghai-based budget carrier, raised its lowest fares from Shanghai to Yantai, Nanchang and Mianyang by 100 yuan ($12) to 299 yuan after political pressure was applied by competing airlines, according to China Daily. However, the new fares also include one night's accommodation. The typical fare is 800 yuan. Spring, which launched its introductory fares with massive publicity, took to the skies July 18 using a fleet of leased A320s, but it wasn't long before ...

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