China and EU sign bilateral aviation agreements

This week, the European Union and China signed bilateral agreements on civil aviation safety and a “horizontal aviation agreement,” allowing EU airlines to fly to China from any EU Member State with a bilateral air services agreement with China under which unused traffic rights are available. The agreements are expected to expand cooperation between China […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 24, 2019

Good news for PVG

For much of the last two years, Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) has been forbidden by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) from accepting applications by airlines for either charter flights or new scheduled routes. The restriction is put in place for any Chinese airport that fails to meet the CAAC’s on-time service standards, […]
  • David Harris
  • April 30, 2018

3 airports to watch as Pudong continues to face flight restrictions

During a brief hiatus last year when flights into and out of Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)  met CAAC’s timeliness standard for a period of three consecutive months, it seemed the airport might be allowed to continue adding flights. That, however, is no longer the case. PVG is once again barred from accepting new flight […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2018

China’s domestic cargo traffic rose only slightly in 2017

During the final week of 2017, Feng Zhenglin, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told delegates at a conference in Beijing that the CAAC estimated air cargo volumes carried by China-based carriers rose 6.6% y-o-y in 2017, to 7.12 million tonnes, according to a report in Xinhua. Although there was no mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 8, 2018

CAAC to regulate UAVs weighing over 25kgs

Civil aviation authorities around the globe are just starting to come to terms with how to regulate UAVs and drones. Most recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China revealed that it would focus much of its attention on larger drones, weighing more than 25kgs. From a feasibility standpoint, UAV technologies will soon mature to a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 4, 2017

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

After more than a year during which the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration took little action towards approving new start-up cargo airlines (we recall Guangzhou-based Longhao was the last new venture to receive its AOC in December 2016, and subsequently commence commercial service in March 2017), there is suddenly a flurry of activity. Just this week, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2017

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SF Express will allocate at least […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2017

Airports in Beijing and Shanghai forbidden from adding flights during peak season.

The Civil Aviation Authority of China added Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) to the list of airports banned from adding charter flights, new scheduled flights, and routes to new destinations, as punishment for failing to meet on-time performance standards. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) was already on the list. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 15, 2016
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