CAAC to increase scheduled international travel flights after two years of COVID restrictions

A China Southern Airlines flight Photo: Courtesy of China Southern Airlines

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Friday it was negotiating with some countries to gradually and steadily increase scheduled international passenger flights to meet personnel exchange needs.

The remarks came in response to questions posed at a press conference about whether there will be more international flights in the second half of this year.

Under the principle of ensuring epidemic prevention measures, the orderly organization of international flights is conducive to China’s economic development and personnel exchanges between China and foreign countries, said Liang Nan, an official. of the CAAC. It is also necessary for the sustainable development of the aviation industry, Liang noted.

Liang said China has maintained regular overseas passenger flights with 54 countries since the outbreak, and the move has “effectively prevented cross-border spread of the epidemic.”

The CAAC negotiated with Vietnam’s aviation department and gave approval for twice-weekly flights, up from once a week, according to industry outlet carnoc.com.

Thai Airways International will resume flights to China on Saturday after Chinese authorities agreed to allow two weekly flights from Thailand, according to nationthailand.com on Friday.

Meanwhile, Chinese carriers also announced new international flights.

China Southern Airlines said on Thursday it plans to resume seven international routes from June, and the number of international flights will increase from 36 flights per week to 48 flights and the number of countries will increase from 20 to 27.

China Southern will increase the frequency of flights on the Guangzhou-Yangon and Guangzhou-Phnom Penh routes from June, and the Guangzhou-Delhi route will also resume.

Hainan Airlines told the Global Times that it will resume direct flights from Chongqing in southwest China’s Sichuan province to Rome on June 23. It is the first intercontinental international passenger route from Chongqing since the outbreak.

Air China has also restarted a service suspended for nearly a year between Chengdu and Kathmandu. The flight, which takes place once a week, is the second international departure from Chengdu to reopen after flights to Singapore.

Besides the increase in international flights, the quarantine policy for inbound flights has also been adjusted in many places, further shortening the entry quarantine time.

Currently, the quarantine time for incoming personnel, including Nanjing, Hangzhou and Xuzhou in east China’s Jiangsu Province, and Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, has been reduced by 14 days. plus seven days to seven days plus seven days, which shortens the 7-day central isolation.

At the same time, popular tourist destination countries have also liberalized their entry policies. South Korea declared on June 8 that all immigrants, regardless of nationality, will be exempt from quarantine from the same day. Japan has announced that it will resume the tour group of 98 countries including China from June 10, and tourists will not need to take COVID-19 tests.

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