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China increases flights between Xi'an, Central Asian nations

By LUO WANGSHU | | Updated: 2023-05-16 12:24
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The first flight on the Beijing-Xi'an-Astana route arrives in Astana, Kazakhstan, on April 21, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's civil aviation sector has strengthened cooperation with Central Asian nations, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

Last month, regular scheduled flights began operating between Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, and Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. The flight, operated by Air China, runs every Monday and Friday.

From January — when China downgraded its COVID-19 management measures — to this month, the number of flights between Central Asian countries and Xi'an has greatly increased, said Sun Wensheng, deputy head of the CAAC's general department.

According to Sun, the CAAC and the five countries of Central Asia are discussing and preparing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop an "Air Silk Road". They are also working together to create regulations and improve the quality and efficiency of their cooperation in the civil aviation field.

The CAAC is also encouraging airlines to open and add more flights between China and Central Asia. Currently, 10 airlines are operating flights between the two regions.

"Central Asia is known as the heart of Asia and is key for the Belt and Road Initiative. China has great potential and broad prospects for cooperation in various fields in this region," Sun said. "The CAAC is playing a strategic supporting role, serving as a bridge in economic, trade and cultural exchanges, and it actively promotes cooperation and exchanges with the five Central Asian countries."

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