China to limit Air Koryo flights after emergency landing

Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016

Air KoryoChina is planning to restrict the operations of Air Koryo Airlines, of North Korea, following the emergency landing of a particular flight last month.


The flight arriving from Pyongyang was forced to land in Shenyang, the Chinese city located in north-eastern part of China. However, nobody was injured in the incident.


Civil Aviation Administration of China declared about ‘relevant measures to limit operations’ but refused to provide any more details. Apart from that, it also asked the airlines company to upgrade its training and maintenance.


A majority of the flights of Air Koryo are to China, though certain flights have been scheduled to fly to Russia.


Greg Waldron, Flightglobal (the global aviation community) told the media that China has become really active in condemning airlines and shaming them, especially the ones that make mistakes. According to Flightglobal, this North Korean airlines company owns several older airplanes. Therefore, it finds it challenging to maintain the airplanes. And so, this airliner is definitely not great by international standards.


Flightglobal did not divulge any details about the measures it would incorporate. But then, Waldron did not think that it was likely to impose a ban on flights.


Skytrax, the British-based airline ratings website has listed the carrier as the ‘one-star’ airline of the world. However, its ratings does not include its safety measures. Air Koryo is the main route through which travellers can visit North Korea.


Simon Cockerell, Koryo Tours said that their passengers were content with the services of Air Koryo. He added that they generally fly at least one route with this airlines company while some of them prefer taking the train on their way out or in. In short, they are not discouraged by the Skytrax ranking.


Air Koryo is the only airline of North Korea and was set up in the year 1950. For its international flights, a Ukrainian Antonov and Russian built Tupolev aircraft are utilized.


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