CAAC appears to be softening its tough stance on restricting approval of new entrants, based on recent remarks by CAAC Minister Li Jiaxiang, who noted that three carriers are applying to launch. “We would support and help them as long as they meet our conditions,” Li said. His words were a change from the regulator’s statement in January that it would continue to be restrictive (ATW Daily News, Jan. 12). In 2007, CAAC announced it would not approve any new start-ups ...

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