China eases restrictions on scheduled international connections
CAAC announces it, starting from June 8. Bonuses for "diligent" carriers predicted
Chinese civil aviation regulator CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) said today that it had relaxed restrictions on scheduled international air connections by allowing more foreign companies to resume flights to China once a week, starting next June 8th. Restrictions were imposed last March due to the pandemic emergency. So those airlines that have not been able to operate routes to China in recent months can choose a Chinese city as their destination.
Starting from Monday, a new mechanism will also be introduced that will reward careful foreign companies in selecting their passengers: if all the passengers on the weekly flight arriving in China are negative to Covid-19 for 3 weeks in a row (i.e. 3 times), the airline will be automatically authorized to make two connections per week instead of one. But on the contrary, if the number of passengers who test positive reaches five units, the flight will be suspended for a week. The suspension will last four weeks if the positive number of passengers reaches 10 people.
The opening of Beijing comes shortly after the suspension by Chinese airlines' flights to the United States, decided by the USA.
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