03 September 2014

China will open the skies fully in the near future, with no limitation in the number of capacity and carriers, according to a source from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at Beijing Global Airports CEO Forum.

Han Jun, director-general of International Affairs of CAAC, said, "China's civil aviation industry will continue to adhere to the "positive, progressive, orderly and guaranteed" policy in promoting international air transport.  What's more, according to the needs of market development and the range of guaranteeing capability, our country is going to open up international traffic rights so as to meet the market needs and ensure the healthy growth of the industry."  He also stated that, on the premise of fair competition and of protecting consumers' rights and interests, CAAC encouraged Chinese and foreign airlines to carry out a variety of cooperative ways, such as code sharing and joint operation.

Currently, China has signed air transport agreements with 115 countries and regions and owned 55 open ports, of which 25 can handle Boeing 747 aircraft.

According to statistics, in summer/autumn of 2014, there are 111 foreign airlines flying from 104 cities in 55 countries and regions to 46 domestic cities, with 2,705 regular passenger and cargo flights a week.  Meanwhile, 19 Chinese airlines operated 2,854 international flights each week from 47 domestic cities to 120 cites among 49 foreign countries and regions.