US News Air France obtains a second weekly flight to China

13:25  16 july  2020
13:25  16 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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France has this week restricted the number of flights by Chinee airlines into its nation to just one per week . In a notice on its website, 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

The French embassy said three Chinese carriers, Air China , China Eastern Airlines Corp, and China Southern Airlines Co, were each authorised to make weekly flights from Chinese cities to Paris. It said that, under a June 12 reciprocal arrangement, Air France had been authorised by Beijing to carry out

Air France pourra effectuer une liaison hebdomadaire vers Shanghai dès la semaine prochaine. © LP / Fred Dugit Air France will be able to make a weekly connection to Shanghai from next week.

A solution of appeasement comes to settle an affair which was stained in the diplomatic relations between France and China.

A few days ago, Paris unilaterally decided to authorize only one flight from Chinese companies to Paris instead of the three operated by Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern.

A decision taken in the name of the principle of reciprocity. Indeed, since June 8, China has authorized several foreign companies including Air France to provide a weekly connection from and to its territory. Paris then required three weekly connections for its national company.

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Three Chinese airlines – Air China , China Eastern and China Southern – have each been allowed one China - France flight per week , and Paris has The Chinese embassy in Paris was quick to respond to the curb, which obliges the three Chinese airlines to alternate their weekly flights to France .

“ Air France resumed one weekly flight between Paris and Shanghai on 18 June,” the French embassy tweeted last month, hailing “a first step to returning to a balanced relationship in terms of opportunities of Chinese and European airlines”. International airlines have to obtain authorisation for the Chinese

Discussions still underway

Except that in this case, Beijing's response was slow to come since June due to certain administrative red tape according to the Chinese Embassy in France.

This French decision to limit access to Chinese companies had angered Beijing. "The unilateral decision of the French side to reduce flights is damaging for Chinese airlines and the populations of the two countries," lamented the Chinese embassy. He added: “Although the issue of thefts concerns only a specific sector, it could harm the friendly atmosphere between the two countries if it is not adequately resolved.

Except that this kick has apparently moved the lines. Air France has obtained a second weekly Paris-Shanghai flight, operational from next week.

"Positive discussions are continuing to increase the number of air frequencies between France and China, in accordance with the bilateral agreement on air services," said the Chinese embassy in a statement.

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