China Southern to Leave SkyTeam Alliance

China Southern Airlines has decided not to renew its contract with the SkyTeam airline alliance as of January 1, 2019.

China Southern said its decision “reflects its strategic development, the changing trends of the global aviation industry and the evolution of alliances.”

A statement from the airline said it had agreed to work closely with SkyTeam to ensure a seamless transition for all customers and partners, adding that the process will run throughout 2019 and be completed by the year-end.

Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO, commented: “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.”