Air France-KLM adds flights to China after France’s intervention


BEIJING / PARIS (Reuters) – Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) will add more flights to China, the airline group said on Thursday after France decided to cut services to Chinese airlines to protest the flight restrictions imposed by Beijing.Air France-KLM will operate a second Paris-Shanghai flight and a new Amsterdam-Shanghai service from next week, the French embassy in Beijing also said on its website.

The loosening of restrictions came after Paris began limiting Chinese airlines to a weekly passenger flight to France from Monday onwards, in response to Beijing’s restrictions on Air France services.

China, which introduced drastic travel restrictions on coronaviruses in March, limited Air France to one flight, while three of its own carriers each flew to France each week. Reciprocal travel restrictions between the United States and China have also further strained Beijing’s frayed ties to Washington.

Air France hopes to add a third flight to another Chinese city soon, a spokeswoman for the group said on Thursday.

“Positive discussions are continuing to increase the frequencies of flights between France and China in accordance with the bilateral agreement on air services,” said the French embassy.

Report by Stella Qiu, Brenda Goh and Laurence Frost; Editing by Edmund Blair and Steve Orlofsky

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