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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 8 June

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 8 June

Cathay Pacific issues travel requirements for passengers transiting through Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific and its regional wing Cathay Dragon have issued travel requirements for passengers transiting through Hong Kong International Airport. The carriers said passengers travelling with either airline will be able to transit through Hong Kong if they meet the following requirements, their itinerary is contained in a single booking and and secondly the connection time to their next Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon operated flight is within 8 hours. Cathay also said on its website that “air transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will resume in phases” and that “in this first phase, transiting to and from destinations in mainland China is not available”.

China National Aviation Fuel Group to step up global partnerships

China National Aviation Fuel Group Ltd (CNAF), the country’s largest aviation fuel supplier by sales revenue, plans to invest in equipment manufacturing and innovation in economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative over the next several years to expand its global presence. CNAF plans to further diversify its sales channels and enhance its production and service networks to develop both domestic and overseas markets.

China to allow more international flights  

China will allow domestic and overseas airlines to increase the number of international passenger flights in and out of the country if the epidemic risks are controllable, said Civil Aviation Administration of China.  Foreign airlines with no international passenger flights to the country will be allowed to operate one flight per week starting June 8, it added. The administration will also have a reward and circuit breaker mechanism in place to contain the number of imported cases of the novel coronavirus. If the number of passengers who have a positive nucleic acid test stands at zero for three consecutive weeks on the same route, airlines will be allowed to add one additional flight per week on the route as a bonus, it said. But the airline will suspend the operation of the route for one week if five or more passengers test positive for the coronavirus. If the number exceeds 10, the airline will suspend flights on the route for four weeks, it said, adding that it could resume operation after the “circuit breaker” period.

Domestic tourism gets fresh impetus

China’s consumers are stepping out again after the COVID-19 outbreak has been largely brought under control domestically. Hotel bookings have returned to about 50 percent of normal levels, while airlines have generally resumed operations at more than half of their capacity, based on information from industry leaders. According to the Government Work Report unveiled on May 22 during this year’s two sessions, China will extend the exemption of value-added taxes for the tourism industry until the end of the year, and will support the recovery and development of tourism as part of efforts to shore up consumption.

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