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China United, MIAT, Air Algerie barred from more China flights

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has barred China United Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Air Algerie, and Ariana Afghan Airlines from adding more scheduled services, charters, and making new route applications into China until the end of March.

The Chinese regulator says this is due to the airlines' failure to meet performance requirements. Somon Air and Uzbekistan Airways have also been barred through to February, while Tajik Air, TAAG Angola Airlines and Angara Airlines face the same ban till the end of January.

CAAC also criticised Okay Airways, Maldivian, and Azerbaijan Airlines in its monthly monitoring report without providing further details.

It adds that while Beijing Capital International airport met requirements between September and November, it continues to be barred from adding flights through to end-March due to poor performance from April to August. Similarly, Shanghai Pudong International airport will also maintain status quo through to the end of April.

The two airports can, however, adjust their existing flights to raise the number of international services, as well as flights to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

CAAC requires airlines and airports to meet performance standards for three consecutive months before they are allowed to resume normal operations.

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