Deadline nears for US airlines’ Taiwan reference fix, CAAC ‘closely watching’

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/8 22:08:40

Four US airlines had yet to complete revisions on the way they refer to the island of Taiwan as of Wednesday, despite a Thursday deadline, the Global Times found.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Wednesday that "it is closely watching the matter."

On April 25, the CAAC asked 44 foreign airlines to modify references to Taiwan on their websites and maps to identify it as a region of China, and it gave the carriers 30 days to comply.

The deadline was extended at the request of some airlines.

By July 25, all the 44 airlines, including those based in the US,  that operate in China, had revised the way they refer to the island of Taiwan, according to updates of the airlines websites.

However, four US airlines - Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines - made the changes just hours before the deadline and left some imperfections. They asked for two more weeks to complete their fixes, and Thursday was set as the new deadline.

However, as of press time on Wednesday, all four airlines had failed to meet the CAACs requirements.

As of press time Wednesday, the websites of American Airlines and United Airlines still listed the island of Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Macao, together with China. They had categorized all the airports under China," suggesting their reference fix for Taiwan is still not perfect.

Delta Air Lines still lists China and the island of Taiwan together under its "country/region" button, while Hawaiian Airlines has deleted all information about the island of Taiwan.

The CAAC told the Global Times that it is closely monitoring the situation, but it did not reveal more details ahead of the deadline on Thursday morning.

It did not say whether it will continue to send notices to the airlines to complete their fixes if they fail to do so.

The Chinese government has maintained that any foreign company that operates in China should respect the law and regulations in the country.


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