U.S. Cancels "no fly order" - Now allowing two flights weekly
07 Jun 2020
On June 5 local time, the U.S. Department of transportation issued a new order that came into effect yesterday, allowing two direct flights to and from China and the United States to be operated by mainland airlines every week as a response to the latest decision of CAAC on June 4. Before that, there were four direct flights between China and the United States every week, which were carried out once a week by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
On June 3, the U.S. Department of transportation had issued an order to suspend all scheduled passenger flights between China and the United States held by Chinese airlines from June 16.
CAAC adjusts the "five ones" measures for current international passenger flights
On June 4, CAAC adjusted its international passenger flights plan, relaxed the restrictions on international passenger flights of foreign airlines, and implemented flight rewards and circuit breaker measures, effective June 8.
From June 8, 2020, all foreign airlines not listed in the flight plan can select a port city with reception capacity within the business license of the company (the specific city list can be inquired on the official website of Civil Aviation Administration) and operate one international passenger line flight every week.
If the number of passengers with positive nucleic acid test results in the same airline flight is zero for three consecutive weeks after entry, one flight per week can be increased within the range of flight volume specified in the airline business license, up to two flights per week. If the number of passengers with positive nucleic acid test results in the same airline flight reaches 5, the airline will be suspended for 1 week; if the number reaches 10, the airline will be suspended for 4 weeks.
The change is expected to help 20 airlines from 16 countries resume their flights, with a maximum of 20 flights per week, including Algeria, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kenya, Rwanda, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico, Switzerland, Brunei, Ukraine, Iraq, Iran, and Vietnam.
Four main conditions for increasing flights
- First, countries with few cases imported to China, and who have close economic and trade contacts with China;
- Second, countries with more overseas citizens and strong demand for rigid return to China;
- Third, countries with remote prevention and control measures that can effectively reduce the import risk;
- Fourth, countries with domestic and foreign needs for resumption of work and production, which have established a "fast channel" with China ”.
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