Foreign and Military Affairs

15 planes sent per day to evacuate Chinese from Libya

Updated: 2011-02-27 07:50


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

BEIJING - China on Saturday decided to hasten evacuation of its nationals from Libya, as Chinese aviation authorities prepare 15 planes per day during the next two weeks to carry home citizens stranded in the northern African country.

Related readings:
15 planes sent per day to evacuate Chinese from Libya Nearly 2,900 Chinese evacuees from Libya reach Greece
15 planes sent per day to evacuate Chinese from Libya 275 Libya evacuees fly back to China from Cairo
15 planes sent per day to evacuate Chinese from Libya Over 2,200 Chinese evacuees set to leave Libya
15 planes sent per day to evacuate Chinese from Libya Some 12,000 Chinese evacuated from Libya

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) convened an emergency meeting in Beijing on Saturday and decided to send the extra aircraft every day from Feb 28 to March 10 to neighboring countries near Libya for the massive evacuation.

In line with the CAAC's arrangements, China's major airlines will carry out the airborne evacuation missions and bring home stranded Chinese citizens as soon as possible.

During the period, Air China will send five passenger planes every day to the island of Crete, Greece. China Eastern Airlines will fly four planes every day to Malta. China Southern Airlines will dispatch four planes to the island of Djerba, Tunisia; and Hainan Airlines will also fly two planes daily to Crete, Greece.

As of Saturday afternoon, nearly 16,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from Libya, according to the Foreign Ministry.


Chinese tourists as top shoppers

Since last summer, Chinese tourists emerged as the top tax-free shoppers in Europe.

Golden run ahead
Looking abroad
Mapping out a plan

European Edition


The green lantern

Environmental concerns are shedding new light on a colorful tradition

Inland interchange

Chongqing bets on its position as a hub for China's west.

Zooming in on Chinese skies

Helicopter companies ride on country's growing interest in luxury aviation.

Adventures of Pierre
Top 10 of 2010
China Daily in Europe