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Restrictions on domestic airlines eased

China’s civil aviation regulator yesterday announced adjustments to its management policies for domestic airline services in a bid to boost the virus-hit industry.

China will lift restrictions on the maximum limit of weekly flights subject to approval, allowing airlines greater flexibility in arranging passenger flights involving airports in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, among other busy airports, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

While easing the rules, the regulator specified detailed guidelines for applying for flights to coordinate market competition.

Meanwhile, the regulator eased restrictions on regional airlines involving three major airports in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

China’s civil aviation industry continued to see a gradual recovery in August as key indicators reported visible improvements from a month ago, showed data.

Airlines flew a total of 45.5 million passengers last month, down 25.6 percent year on year. The decline narrowed 8.5 percentage points from July.

The domestic market saw an accelerated recovery, reporting 45.35 million passenger trips, the highest monthly volume this year. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 overseas, international air passenger flows remained at a low level, with 189,000 trips last month.

In August, China’s air cargo volume fell 13.3 percent year on year to 546,000 tons and the punctuality rate of Chinese airlines reached 78.1 percent.


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