Regardless whether North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un realizes it or not, the situation is looking pretty grim for him and his communist regime, as even their sole major ally, China, has grown weary of Kim’s activities.
The Wall Street Journal reported that all flights on China’s flagship carrier China Airlines between Beijing and the North Korean capital of Pyongyang have been “temporarily suspended,” a likely euphemism for “we’re scared Trump is going to finally put Kim in his place and don’t want our citizens to get hurt.”
A booking operator for Air China said that notice of the flight suspensions was issued Friday and that flights between the two cities probably wouldn’t resume before the end of May.
Regular flights between Beijing and Pyongyang started in 2008 and typically occur three times per week, though flights have been cancelled previously for various reasons.
It is worth noting that while Air China is the only Chinese carrier to service direct flights between the mainland and the peninsula, North Korea’s state-run Air Koryo operates direct flights to several Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and the border city of Dandong.
Though initial reports stated that the flights had been cancelled altogether, Reuters reported that Air China made it clear the flights had only been temporarily suspended due to lack of ticket sales and would eventually resume at an unspecified date.
In any case, as we all know, Air China will say whatever the Chinese Communist government wants, and blaming poor ticket sales is a perfectly reasonable cover for a government that’s scared Trump will finally do what is necessary to take out Kim once and for all.
“Air China did not stop operation of the Beijing to Pyongyang route, but temporarily canceled some flights based on the situation of ticket sales,” a spokesperson for Air China said.
The spokesperson added that flights would likely resume as needed whenever ticket sales improved.