“From July 13, Chinese companies will be allowed to make only one weekly trip,” said the French Embassy in Beijing on its website. “Discussions are underway between the two governments with a view to reaching a satisfactory solution.”
China’s state aviation regulator, CAAC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The French Embassy said that three Chinese carriers, Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp and China Southern Airlines Co, were each authorized to operate weekly flights between Chinese cities and Paris.
She said that, as part of a reciprocal agreement of June 12, Air France had been authorized by Beijing to make three flights per week towards China, but that in practice, the Chinese authorities had authorized only one only Air France flight per week.
He said France was applying intense diplomatic pressure to get the green light from Beijing for additional flights. In the meantime, he advised travelers to be prepared to cut air links between countries.
The Chinese Embassy in France said in a message on its social media account that the French government is asking to land on the three weekly flights operated by Air France to Shanghai.
But given the number of international flights Shanghai receives, the city faces enormous pressure in terms of virus control efforts, the embassy said, adding that it was puzzled by France’s decision to reduce Chinese flights at the same time as Shanghai agreed to receive the second flight from Air France. .
“We hope that France will reconsider the relevant decisions taking into account the broad Sino-French relations, will return to the path of dialogues and consultations, will meet China halfway and will correctly resolve the questions related to the flights between the two countries” said the embassy. (Report by Christian Lowe in Paris and Stella Qiu in Beijing; edited by Ed Osmond and Himani Sarkar)
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