China enhances air traffic management with eastbound M503 route activation

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Fuzhou Changle International Airport

19th April 2024 – (Beijing) The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced the activation of the M503 flight route along with its connecting routes W122 and W123, operating from west to east starting this Friday. This strategic move is aimed at mitigating congestion in regional air traffic, enhancing flight safety, and reducing delays, thereby safeguarding passenger rights and benefiting cross-strait relations.

The inauguration of these routes follows the removal of the north-to-south flight bias on the M503 route, which had been in effect since 1st February. Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, highlighted that the establishment and operation of this route within the Shanghai Flight Information Region is part of routine airspace management by the CAAC. She further noted that the adjustments have already contributed to safer and more efficient operations, improving cross-strait flight operations and facilitating travel between the two sides.

In conjunction with the route activation, significant airspace optimisation around Fuzhou Changle International Airport in Fujian province is scheduled for May 16. This adjustment is part of a broader shift in the aviation sector from recovery to quality growth, aiming to meet the increasing demands of air transport development between the Yangtze River Delta and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao region, as well as the southeastern coastal area.

These enhancements are expected to optimize operational environments, ensure flight safety, bolster capabilities during the thunderstorm season, and improve the punctuality of flights, thus enhancing the overall passenger experience.