Beijing (Reuters) – More than three years after ceasing because to COVID-19 limitations, Beijing has let North Korea’s state-run airline Air Koryo to restart flights to China, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Monday.

The decision coincides with indications of greater communication between North Korea and its largest commercial partner and neighbor.

According to a Thursday report from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, train services between the nations have increased.

For the first time since the epidemic, a Chinese team traveled to Pyongyang last month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean War.

When will flights resume? The foreign ministry of China sent additional inquiries to the country’s aviation authority, which was unable to respond right away.

When contacted by phone at the Air Koryo headquarters in Shanghai, an employee indicated he was unaware of the circumstances.

Early in 2020, flights between the two nations were put on hold as both closed their borders in reaction to the epidemic. The route was previously served by Air Koryo and Air China (601111.SS), the national carrier of China.

According to Li Hanming, a Chinese aviation specialist, “They used to have just one flight per day, alternating between Air China and Air Koryo.”

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