Coming soon to an airport near you: Qingdao Airlines will begin operations out of Qingdao Liuting Airport, according to plans recently approved by the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China). The plans for the new airline have been in the making for a while. According to the 12th Fifth Year Plan of the CAAC, Qing Hang (Qingdao Hang Kong Gong Si, aka Qingdao Airlines) will serve as a portal to neighboring South Korea and Japan. More info below.

More from Mark Elliott at Travel Daily Asia:

China’s aviation authorities have approved the launch of a new airline, based in the northeastern port city of Qingdao.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced on its website that it has given the green light to the establishment of Qingdao Airlines. The move follows the recent revision of new airline registration rules, making it easier for new carriers to be established.

The CAAC suspended all new airline applications in 2007, and reinforced the ruling following the crash of a Henan Airways passenger aircraft in 2010.

The revised rules however, mean that the Nanshan Group, which is based close to Qingdao in Shandong province, can proceed with plans for the creation of Qingdao Airlines. The new carrier will be based at Qingdao’s Liuting International Airport, and will initially operate a fleet of Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 jets on domestic routes.

The Nanshan Group will inject CNY550 million (US$89m) into the new airline, with a further CNY250m to be injected by Qingdao Transportation Development Group. Air China’s subsidiary, Shandong Airlines, will supply Qingdao Airlines with CNY200m worth of aircraft.

The creation of Qingdao Airlines would mark the second new airline launch since the CAAC lifted the suspension on the creation of new airlines, following the approval of Yunnan-based Ruili Airlines on 6 May 2013.

More news about CAAC approval of Qingdao Airlines:

CAAC Southeast Regional Administration has checked and given an approval to build Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO)-based Qingdao Airlines, which was jointly proposed by Qingdao Municipal Transport Development Group Co., Ltd.(QMTD), Nanshan Group Co., Ltd. (Nanshan Group), and Shandong Airlines Co., Ltd. (SC).

The new entity will have a registered capital of 1 billion yuan, of which 55% will be invested by Nanshan Group with 550 million yuan, 25% by QMTD with 250 million yuan and 20% by SC with aircraft. It will operate Boeing B737 or Airbus A320 aircraft and is approved to carry on domestic air passenger and cargo transportation.

CAAC has begun soliciting submissions on Qingdao airlines and said that the approval will be granted unless it is informed of reasonable grounds to reconsider the plan.

The new carrier will initially introduce professional technicians from SC, and employ engineers, flight dispatchers, cabin crew and other staff by open recruitments.

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