US Travelers May Soon Have More Nonstop Options to China
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced on Monday that it’s going to loosen restrictions on its “one route, one airline” policy for Chinese airlines.
The policy, which was introduced in 2009, restricts competition between Chinese carriers on long-haul international routes. Effectively, the rule exists to limit competition between state-owned carriers in that only one can operate on a designated long-haul international route. For example, the only Chinese airline permitted to operate between Shanghai (PVG) and Los Angeles (LAX) is China Eastern. Meanwhile, American, United and Delta all fly nonstop on the same route.
But with Monday’s announcement that the CAAC is revising the rules, it will be easier for state-owned Chinese airlines to compete with one another. As of October 1, 2018, international routes will be divided into two categories.
The first includes unrestricted routes to destinations in countries with at least a partial open skies agreement with China, for example the US, Australia and Thailand.
In the second category will be long-haul destinations that are subject to certain restrictions. Reuters reports that China defines a long-haul route as one that’s more than 2,800 miles one-way.
Overall, the easing of the “one route, one airline” policy should be a positive for the consumer. With increased competition on routes that have previously been dominated by a single Chinese carrier, passengers should have more options to get between the US and China.
In addition, Beijing’s second airport, Daxing, is scheduled to open in 2019. With the loosening of these restrictions, Chinese airlines are in a better place to compete with one another with more slots available in the country’s capital.
With the new rules not set to take effect until October 1, it’s yet to be told just how much will be changing and for which airline(s). For Chinese carriers that have long had their growth stunted by access, this could mean more choices for more passengers to get to different parts of the country.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees