Air network planned for connectivity
China plans to build an air network to better link countries taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative, the country’s civil aviation authority said on May 16. According to Wang Changyi, director of development planning for the Civil Aviation Administration of China, as of December, China had signed bilateral air transportation agreements with 120 countries and regions— including 62 involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. Direct flights link China with 43 countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, with about 4,200 flights weekly. Chinese airlines have set up liaison offices in 24 Belt and Road countries.