Air China, the country’s flagship airline, is drawing flak over an excerpt from an article published by its in-flight magazine this month.
The controversial “tip” warned Chinese tourists entering London to avoid areas populated by ethnic minorities:
“London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling.”
Air China is the Asia’s third largest airline, the Evening Standard said. According to the outlet, politicians are demanding an apology and withdrawal of the “racist” passage.
Chinese journalist Haze Fan tweeted the paragraph to Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor of Pakistani descent. He launched a #LondonisOpen campaign back in July.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament Rosena Allin-Khan is not letting the situation pass:
“I am going to be writing to the Chinese Ambassador to invite him to visit Tooting in London, where all races live side by side. Then they can see how we live and our wonderfully diverse community.”
VisitBritain reported over 270,000 Chinese visitors in Britain last year, CNBC said, 46% up from 2014. Chinese tourists can also easily visit thanks to a new, two-year, multiple-entry visa offered beginning this year.
Air China has not responded to the matter yet.