More international air routes to be added
China will add more than 200 international air routes next year.
“A major reason is that we intend to strengthen air links among countries related to the Belt and Road Initiative because air transportation is vital to international travel,” said Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
He said the nation now has 663 international routes operated by domestic and foreign carriers, of which 369 were launched this year.
The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt, which will link China with Europe through Central and Western Asia, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, stretching from southern China to Southeast Asia and Africa.
A customs officer checks marten furs smuggled into Shanghai from Hong Kong, on Dec 24, 2015. Thirteen people have been detained on suspicion of smuggling 81,633 pieces hidden among consignments of fabric, the largest smuggling case involving marten furs ever handled in Shanghai.