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CAAC to Further Reduce International Passenger Flights

2020/03/27

On 26 March, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued the Notice on Further Reducing International Passenger Flights during the Epidemic Prevention and Control Period, requiring further cuts in the number of international passenger flights. The airlines are required to implement their adjusted flight plans as of 29 March 2020.

According to the Notice, to resolutely contain the increasing risks of imported COVID-19 cases, all airlines shall follow the Information on International Flight Plans (Phase Five) released on the CAAC official website on 12 March. Each Chinese airline is only allowed to maintain one route to any specific country with no more than one flight per week; and each foreign airline is only allowed to maintain one route to China with no more than one weekly flight.

The Notice points out that airlines shall, in accordance with the above-mentioned requirements, apply for Pre-Flight plans to the Operation Supervisory Center of CAAC in advance. The Operating Permits and take-off/landing slots, etc. associated with the flights cut by airlines in accordance with requirements of this Notice will be retained.

In addition, airlines shall strictly implement the latest edition of Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guideline for Airlines issued by the Office of China Civil Aviation Prevention and Control COVID-19 Leading Group, take stringent prevention and control measures on flights to and from China and ensure that the passenger load factor is no higher than 75%.

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