Emirates was fined Emirati Dirham Dh15,600 and banned from further expansion into China after violating ‘air safety norms’.
The airline is banned from adding extra routes for another 6 months according to a statement released by the Civil Administration Office of China,
The ban is imposed in relation to two incidents where emirates reported to violated ‘Air safety regulations’
On April 17, Emirates flight crew misunderstood instructions and flew at a wrong altitude above Urumqi in Xinjiang,
In another incident on May 18, the airline’s radio communications were cut off over the same region.
“Emirates fully complies with the CAAC’s requirements on all our flight operations to China,…Regarding the specific incidents on 17 April 2017 and on 18 May 2017, Emirates will cooperate fully with the CAAC and complete all actions recommended by the authority.”said an Emirates spokeswoman.
The ban comes at a time when Emirates has been looking for growth in China and the Far East as the laptop ban on flights to US has dented the demand for its 12 destinations in North America; and stopped operating its seven daily flights to Qatar after UAE restricting airspace to Qatar Airways.
Emirates currently flies to six destinations in China, including Beijing and Shanghai.
The region contributed 27 per cent of the airline’s total revenues at Dh83.7bn, the largest after Europe, in the 2016-17 financial year.