FRANCE Puts Restriction to The Number of Flights from China

In what looks like a ‘Tit for tat’, France earlier this week  cut down the number of flights operated by Chinese Airlines to its Nation to one per-week. This was disclosed through a notice put up by French Embassy via its website.

Following the difficulties Air France encountered trying to gain flying rights to operate its allotted three services to China per week. The French authorities responded by allowing Chinese airlines fly only once per-week to Paris- but hopes a solution will be found soon-the French embassy in Beijing said.

“Air traffic between France and China is currently experiencing disruptions due to the imbalance in services between French and Chinese companies. Discussions are underway between the two governments with a view to reaching a solution satisfactory to both parties”.

“Until these discussions are concluded, it is recommended that you regularly check with the airline on which you have reserved a seat to check your flight is going ahead, including on the day of departure. Indeed, some companies are marketing places on unauthorized flights and only cancel these flights at the last moment when they have known for several days that it will not be able to take place”.

“We will notify you when the situation returns to normal.”

According to Reuters, while it would be logical to think that these flight restrictions were something to do with worries over the spread of coronavirus or other biosecurity issues, the reality seems to be that it is a tit for tat restriction. it’s all about reciprocal flight rights.

Beijing had on July,12th authorized Air France to operate three flights a week to China. In return, France had permitted Air China, China Eastern and China Southern to operate a number of flights to Paris from various Chinese cities.

But in reality, China was only allowing Air France to lay on one service per week between Paris and China. This was authorized to Shanghai, a service which resumed on June 18th and has been operating every Friday since. None of the other two flights have been granted, which seems to be the motivation for restricting Chinese flights to France.
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