CHINA: China to rein in airline growth

China will tighten control on the approval of new airlines, cut fl ights at its busiest airport in Beijing and raise safety checks, worried that the industry is expanding dangerously fast, the regulator was quoted as saying in a report by Reuters. No applications for new airlines will be accepted before 2010 and the growth […]


China will tighten control on the approval of new airlines, cut fl ights at its busiest airport in Beijing and raise safety checks, worried that the industry is expanding dangerously fast, the regulator was quoted as saying in a report by Reuters. No applications for new airlines will be accepted before 2010 and the growth of those already in operation will be controlled, the General Administration of Civil Aviationof China said in a statement.

Exceptions will be granted only to freight airlines, or to those that mainly use foreign pilots, promise to operate mostly at night, use Chinese-made aircraft or fl y in the country’s less developed west and northeast, it said.“In recent years, our country’s aviationindustry has developed rapidly, maintainingan average annual growth ratein excess of 16 percent,” it said.

“As the regulator, we have clearly noted that along with this, development problems of lack of technical personnel, airspace and airport ability are getting daily more pronounced,” the statement added. “To guarantee safety and ensure the good, quick, healthy and well-ordered development of the industry, the civil aviation department has decided to control the number of fl ights, permission for market entry and rate of growth,” it added.