North Korea just received more bad news from China after Air China told them that they would be canceling flights to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
Air China announced earlier in the week that it would start canceling flights to Pyongyang, citing declining ticket sales.
Conservative Tribune reports:
A booking operator for Air China said that notice of the flight suspensions was issued Friday and that flights between the two cities probably wouldn’t resume before the end of May.
Regular flights between Beijing and Pyongyang began in 2008 and typically occur three times per week, though flights have been cancelled previously for various reasons.
It is worth noting that while Air China is the only Chinese carrier to service direct flights between the mainland and the peninsula, North Korea’s state-run Air Koryo operates direct flights to several Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and the border city of Dandong.
“Air China did not stop operation of the Beijing to Pyongyang route, but temporarily canceled some flights based on the situation of ticket sales,” a spokesperson for Air China said.
The spokesperson went on to say that flights would likely resume when ticket sales improved.
However, the decision was likely influenced by China’s increasing tensions with North Korea and by the United State’s decision to block the country from continuing its dangerous nuclear weapons program.
It is believed that North Korea will try and test a nuclear weapon on Saturday, the 105th birthday of their founding father.