CAAC continues to refuse to approve most new airlines and said no new carriers will be cleared this year without meeting strict conditions. The regulator said new airlines will be approved this year only if they meet one or more of several guidelines: “Be based in west China or northeast China [or] operate a domestic produced fleet [or] be a cargo carrier." The policy has been in place since 2007. CAAC said the guidelines are rooted in concerns about pilot shortages, lack of ...

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