The biggest airlines have complained to top officials, but Chinese local governments show no sign of ceasing their practice of buying long-haul air connections with subsidies. The eastern city Fuzhou has hung out its offer for 2019, including at least 300,000 yuan ($45,000) per flight for new routes to most North American destinations. Hainan Airlines says it and its subsidiaries pocketed 667 million yuan in government cash last year. In a policy typical of large Chinese secondary cities, ...

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