Chinese carriers Hainan Airlines and Spring Airlines have filed applications with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for new international traffic rights.
Hainan Airlines plans to launch a thrice weekly Beijing-Yekaterinburg service, starting as early as April, using Boeing 767-300 aircraft, says the CAAC.
Spring Airlines meanwhile plans to start four new services out of Shenzhen, also from April.
These are thrice weekly services from Shenzhen to Jeju, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket. The carrier will deploy Airbus A320s on all the routes, the CAAC adds.
Flightglobal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that Hainan Airlines will compete with S7 Airlines and Ural Airlines on the Beijing-Yekaterinburg route. Spring Airlines will compete with China Southern Airlines on routes from Shenzhen to Jeju, Kota Kinabalu and Phuket.