Flights between UK and China to double under aviation deal

Airlines will have the right to operate more than twice as many weekly services as at present between the UK and mainland China under sweeping changes that the UK government said were part of building a ?confident, global Britain after Brexit?. The deal, agreed on Tuesday between representatives from the two governments, will increase the maximum number of weekly flights between the two countries to 200, from 80 at present. Restrictions will also be lifted on the Chinese destinations to which airlines can fly. The new deal is part of a concerted effort to emphasise the UK?s continued openness to the wider world, particularly emerging markets beyond Europe, in the wake of theBrexit vote in June to leave the EU. Any increase in flights is likely to be dependent on expansion of airport capacity in south-east England, the area that generates most travel demand on the route. Courtesy: Financial TImes

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