UAE, China ink deal to expand air services

Aviation authorities sign agreement to allow UAE airlines to add further Chinese destinations

Airline services between the UAE and China are set to increase following the signing of an agreement by the country's aviation authorities.

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the People's Republic of China which opens the door to an expansion in airline services.

The two delegations agreed to increase passenger and combination services frequencies for operations to Urumqi, Xining, Kashgar, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.

The new agreement was signed by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA and Han Jun, director general of the International Affairs Department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, a statement said.

Representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Air Arabia, and flydubai were also in attendance, it added.

Al Suwaidi said the agreement will contribute to further boost the trade, investment and tourism between UAE and China.

UAE exports to China exceeded AED1bn with imports reaching AED54bn in 2012, he said.

The UAE now has air services agreements with over 159 countries, of which 119 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements.

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