Vice premier says China supports global airline alliances

June 29, 2011

BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang said on Tuesday the government supports domestic airlines to join global air carrier alliances and that foreign airlines are welcome to open new routes to China.

Zhang made the remarks in a meeting with Leo van Wijk, president of SkyTeam, one of the world’s biggest air carrier alliances.

The civilian global aviation industry plays a fundamental and strategic role in China’s economy, and the government will continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with air-carrier alliances and foreign airlines to promote its rapid development, Zhang said.

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