China’s national carrier, Air China, will suspend flights between Beijing and North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, from Monday amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula involving the United States, Chinese state media say.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV did not mention the reason behind the suspension of the flights, first established in 2008, which operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly.
CCTV said on its website that the last flight between Beijing and Pyongyang took place today. The return flight arrived in Beijing in the early evening.
The flights were frequently canceled because of lack of passengers, as well as being subject to “seasonal adjustments” such as cancelations or reductions in frequency during the low-demand winter.
The development comes amid reports of potential military confrontation between North Korea and the United States. Tensions between North Korea and the United States have increased over the past weeks. Washington has been concerned by North Korea’s nuclear tests, which Pyongyang believes act as deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea.