Air France is well worth a "reciprocity strict" vis-à-vis China, which has drastically reduced by the end of march its links with the rest of the world.
The routes will now be more limited : France is restricted to a single weekly flight service on its territory by chinese airlines, in the name of "reciprocity" vis-à-vis Air France, a-t-we learned this on Monday from the embassy of France in Beijing.
China, the first country affected by the Covid-19, was drastically reduced by the end of march its links with the rest of the world for fear of further contamination. The country, however, authorizes from the June 8, several foreign airlines, including Air France, to provide a communication link per week to and from its territory.
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On the other hand, the top three chinese companies (Air China, China Eastern, China Southern) could up to now to perform each one weekly flight to China-France - three in total. The French authorities are seeking to ensure for Air France the same rights, with three weekly connections with China.
"Reciprocity in the strict
Now, and "in the absence of progress, ( ... ), we apply the reciprocity strict since last Friday," assured the embassy of France. In practical terms, this means removing two flights per week to the chinese companies.
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The flights, China Southern and China Eastern planned this week to France have been cancelled, according to the schedules published online. A Air China flight Beijing-Paris was always announced for this Monday. In early June, China announced a very limited recovery in international flights, after a threat from Washington to suspend flights of the chinese companies in the United States.
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In fact, the foreign companies must first obtain the green light of the arrival city, which complicates the procedures.