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Relaxed Rules Let Airlines Spread Their Wings on Long-Haul Flights

A China Eastern and a China Southern airplane are parked on the runway at Beijing Capital International Airport on Feb. 6. Photo: VCG
A China Eastern and a China Southern airplane are parked on the runway at Beijing Capital International Airport on Feb. 6. Photo: VCG

China is lifting restrictions that currently limit the number of Chinese airlines allowed to operate the same international long-haul routes, opening the door wider for competition in its run-up to become a global aviation hub.

From Oct. 1, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will allow two airlines — instead of one — to serve the same international routes, the regulator said on its website (link in Chinese) on Monday.

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