China’s Aviation Authority (AACC) said in a statement that Chinese civil aviation company, Capital Airlines, has requested authorisation to launch a direct flight between Xi’an and Lisbon, Portugal.
The AACC statement, quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa, said that the company intends to start the new flight next December.
Capital Airlines announced last August it planned to suspend, between 15 October and March 2019, the direct flight between China and Portugal, which saw its first anniversary in July.
The airline said that the flights had been suspended for “operational reasons.”
The request for authorisation submitted to the AACC details that the route will have two flights per week and will be made with Airbus A330 aircraft, with a maximum capacity of 440 passengers, if it offers a single class.
In the first year that it flew to Portugal, Capital Airlines carried over 80,000 passengers, according to figures released at the time of the anniversary, with the average occupancy rate being 80% in the weaker months and 95% in peak season.
Capital Airlines is one of the subsidiaries of China’s HNA group, which is facing a severe liquidity crisis, after ending last year 598 billion yuan (US$86 billion) in debt, according to figures released on Thursday. (macauhub)