Government Eases on Restriction on Commercial Airspace
Traveling between cities via helicopter or private plane is now easier as the government is loosening is military grip on lower airspace. By next month small commercial flights doesn’t have to ask for approval from the People’s Liberation Army for its flight plans. These commercial flights need to get permission from the nearest regional branch of the civil aviation administration.
Thus cuts the waiting time to get approval from a few days to a few hours, therefore boosting the private aviation center. The change will only apply to general aviation and will not be affecting scheduled flights. Some consider the move as the rise of the general aviation business in China since there are more than a thousand planes that are registered for general aviation last year.
Although certain restrictions will still remain in place and flights that crosses the borders into Hong Kong and those sensitive areas will remain in the control of the military air traffic authorities. Private flights booked by foreign passports will need approval from the PLA.
Before it was difficult to book a private plane for commercial use since you don’t know whether the military will grant you the flight. The military never gives a reason for approving or rejecting a flight while civilian aviation authorities are more professional since the can approve flight plans in just hours after filing.