Jul 14, 2020 05:53 AM

China, South Korea in Talks to Double Flights to 20 a Week


What’s new: China is in talks with South Korea to double the number of flights between the two countries to 20 a week, which could provide more going-home options for Chinese students stranded abroad by travel restrictions and school closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

China and South Korea will allow 10 carriers each to run the flights, according to people close to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Currently, seven Chinese airlines provide seven flights a week, two South Korean carriers each provide a weekly flight, and Asiana Airlines became the first South Korean carrier to provide two flights to China a week starting Sunday.

The two countries are trying to reach an agreement to expand flights by the end of July, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea.

The background: To prevent imported coronavirus cases, China began enforcing the so-called “Five Ones” policy in March, limiting the number of international flights into China to one weekly route per carrier.

Tens of thousands of Chinese students, business people and other travelers have found themselves stranded in the U.S. and Europe for months amid travel restrictions and flight cancellations.

Increasing flights between China and South Korea could help Chinese passengers in Europe and the U.S. return home, a person close to the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. Seats on Asiana’s Sunday flight from Seoul to Nanjing were mainly sold to passengers on connecting flights from Europe and the U.S. to China via South Korea.

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