China Southern Airlines has decided not to renew its contract with theSkyTeam alliance, as of 1 January 2019.
“China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic development, the changing trends of the global aviation industry and the evolution of alliances,” the alliance said in a press release.
SkyTeam is one of the world’s three major airline alliances and had two big Chinese carriers, China Southern Airlines and rival China Eastern Airlines as members, which is unusual given they operate in the same market.
The transition process will run throughout 2019 and will complete by the year-end.
Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Network has always been the foundation of SkyTeam. Our new value proposition retains that strong integrated network and combines it with our continued focus on improving customer experience through technology. China Southern has been a valued member of SkyTeam. We respect its decision and wish it well.”