Chinese LCC penalised over safety breaches

China United Airlines is based in Beijing
China United Airlines is based in Beijing

China United Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, has been penalised under a new Chinese crackdown on aviation safety.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered the Beijing-based airline to cut 10% of its capacity and suspended it from applying for new routes or extra flights.

This follows a series of alleged incidents involving the airline over the last few months, including violent confrontations between staff and passengers, and operating an aircraft that was deemed unfit for service. The CAAC added that it visited China United Airlines’ headquarters and found that the airline doesn’t meet the required safety management standards.

According to CAAC, the penalty will apply until the airline has proved that it has improved its operations.

This marks the second such penalty following the recent crackdown; the CAAC has also suspended Shenzhen Airport Group’s right to apply for new routes and extra flights for the rest of the year, due to its poor handling of passengers during flight delays.

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