Chinese carrier, Hainan Airlines is planning to resume flights to Africa following an application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CCAC).
In its request for route authority, the HNA Group unit said it wanted to operate a 3x weekly Beijing Capital-Cairo Int'l, Egypt beginning December of this year subject to approval.
Hainan Airlines last served Africa in 2012 with flight to Khartoum, Sudan via Dubai and Luanda via Abu Dhabi.
Hainan Airlines is the largest privately-owned air transport company and the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in China.
With a fleet of 162 aircraft, it operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland China, as well as charter services.