China to restrict North Korean airline operations

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has reported it intends to take measures to limit operations for the North Korean national airline Air Koryo after one of its planes had to make an emergency landing last month because of a fire on board, the company said.

The (CAAC) said it will take relevant measures to limit operations for the carrier, without giving specific details. The CAAC said an investigation found the fire was caused by a call button.

Air Koryo is the sole airline in the one-star category in the global Skytrax rating system for commercial airlines. Its public safety record only has one fatal accident in more than 30 years. Its route network is limited with regular flights to just three destinations in China, and Vladivostok in Russia.