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Last November Air China abruptly canceled flights between Beijing, China, and Pyongyang, North Korea. Air China was the only foreign airline flying to North Korea at the time, and they canceled their flight with very little notice. They claimed the route cancelation was due to lack of demand, though reading between the lines it sure seems like it may have been a political move, given growing tensions with North Korea.
Now with just one day notice, Air China has announced that they’re resuming flights to Pyongyang. An Air China representative told Reuters that the resumption was due to “market reasons.”
The new flight will operate 3x weekly (on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) with the following schedule:
- Air China Resumes Flights To North Korea (With One Day Notice) – Enclosure
- China Scaling Back Their “One Route, One Airline” Rule
- China Scaling Back Their “One Route, One Airline” Rule – Enclosure