China’s circuit breaker arrangement for international passenger flights was tightened on Wednesday to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday issued the Notice on the Adjustment of the Circuit Breaker Measures for International Passenger Flights.
According to the CAAC, if there are five passengers on a flight who test positive, the airline’s flights will be suspended for two weeks, starting on Wednesday. The earlier regulation – introduced in June – suspended the airline’s flights for one week if five passengers on a flight tested positive.
The suspension will last for four weeks if 10 passengers test positive, which remains the same as the earlier regulation.
Here’s the full content of the notice:
CAAC Notice on the Adjustment of the Circuit Breaker Measures for International Passenger Flights
To All Transport Airlines:
To further consolidate efforts aimed at preventing COVID-19 cases from being imported into China, and as required by the arrangement made by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council, an adjustment is hereby made to the “circuit breaker measures” concerning international passenger flights included in paragraph 7.3 of CAAC Notice on the Adjustment of International Passenger Flights (No. 27  by CAAC). The details are as follows:
If 5 to 9 arriving passengers flying the same flight and same route operated by an airline are found positive in their nucleic acid tests after arrival, the airline’s operation on that specific route shall be suspended for 2 weeks; if 10 or over 10 passengers test positive after arrival, the airline’s operation on the route shall be suspended for 4 weeks. No adjustment is allowed to be made to the quota of the flight involved in a “circuit breaker” to transfer it to other routes. After the end of the “circuit breaker” period, the airline could resume its one weekly flight schedule.
This Notice shall enter into force as of the date of its issuance.
Civil Aviation Administration of China
December 16, 2020
On Friday, CAAC issued a circuit breaker directive to Aeroflot’s flight SU208 which will be suspended for 4 weeks since December 21. The accumulative suspension period of this flight will be 8 weeks.
On Tuesday, three international airlines including Ethiopian Airlines, Russia’s Ikar Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines were suspended for one week after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on recent flights.
We’ve posted some updates on flight suspension last week, you can click the following link to check it:
Also on Tuesday, the administration held a conference to arrange disease control measures to contain imported cases.
By Tuesday, the administration carried out 139 suspension orders, canceling 268 international passenger flights from 54 domestic airlines and 85 international airlines.
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SOURCE | CAAC / China Daily