Beijing, Nov 22 (EFE) .- Air China, the main Chinese airline, has once again announced the temporary suspension of all flights to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, for reasons commercial, as it did last April with some routes of this same route.
In statements to the Chinese portal Pengpai, sources of the airlines assured this Wednesday that in this case is also a business decision, due to low demand, and that "the sale of tickets in recent months has not given the expected results."
last April, Air China, the only Chinese airline that flies from this country to North Korea since 2008, temporarily reduced some flights on this route, a move that It was interpreted as a reaction to the increase in tension on the Korean peninsula.
However, the restriction lasted only a few days and Air China maintained two weekly trips between Beijing and Pyongyang.
It is also common for the company to reduce the number of flights between both cities during the winter months, when the number of passengers falls. considerably, although this is the first time that it has been eliminated in its entirety.
Following the decision of Air China, currently only the North Korean airline Air Koryo operates between both capitals. with three flights per week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday -.
According to affirmed this Tuesday the spokesman of Chinese Exterior, Lu Kang, the airlines make their decisions based on base and these have nothing to do with the management of the Government.
The measure comes only three days after Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will travel to Pyongyang on Friday as the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping to brief Kim Jong's regime on one of the results of the recent 19th Congress of the training.