Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has received approval from the country’s aviation authority to resume two routes in Yunnan Province, after a half-year suspension due to a mid-air strike by its pilots.
Information on the two routes, from the Yunnan provincial capital Kunming City to Dali and Xishuangbanna, is available on China Eastern’s online booking system. Seven flights on each route are offered on Sunday, according to its Website.
Its other six routes in the province, from Kunming to Lijiang, Zhongdian, Mangshi, Lincang, Simao and Wenshan, which had the number of flights cut as punishment for the strike, will also resume normal operation, according to the aviation authority.
The resumption will coincide with the air authority’s new winter/spring flight schedule, which runs from now until March 28.
The suspension started on May 4 as a punishment by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. China Eastern was also fined RMB1.5 million ($219,507).
On March 31 and April 1, 21 China Eastern flights returned to departure points at Kunming after taking off as pilots protested pay and working conditions. It stranded about 1,500 passengers at the Kunming airport.
Source: Shanghai Daily