Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will disregard China’s demands for flight plans on routes through the country’s new air defence zone over the East China Sea.
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ota said that China’s new air defence identification zone is “not valid at all” and should be disregarded, BBC UK reported.
China maintains that aircraft entering the defence zone must provide a flight plan, maintain two-way radio communications and clearly identify their nationality.
China’s Defence Ministry has stated that any aircraft ignoring these rules will be subject to “defensive emergency measures”.
Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways and civil aviation officials from Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea have said that they will abide by China’s new aviation rules.