Chinese government officials have announced plans for international flights to and from the country to reach 80% of pre-COVID levels by the end of 2024. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) aims to increase international flights to around 6,000 per week, up from the current 4,600 per week. China’s focus on reconnecting with the United States includes a significant increase in direct flights, with only 63 currently scheduled each week.
The CAAC predicts a total of 690 million domestic and international passenger trips in 2024, reflecting an 11% increase from the previous year. The announcement coincides with a streamlined tourist visa application process for Americans traveling to China, eliminating certain documentation requirements.