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Restrictions on Chinese Air Traffic Could Last Longer

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China is likely to extend restrictions on international air traffic into the second half of 2022 due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. Air China has told analysts that, according to Reuters news agency.

 

China’s aviation authority CAAC said last week that the number of weekly international flights to and from the country is just 2 percent from 2019 levels, as more flights are cancelled due to the increasing number of imported corona cases due to the advance of the Delta variant…

Since March last year, China has had a policy that allows carriers such as Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines to fly only once a week on international routes, while foreign carriers are only allowed to fly once a week on a route to China.

It is therefore expected that China will extend these restrictions into next year. KLM, among others, flies on routes to China.

Analysts believe that the extension of aviation restrictions will mainly affect Chinese tourism in the Asia-Pacific region. However, this will probably also have consequences for visitors to the Winter Olympics that will be held in the Chinese capital Beijing in February.

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