SHANGHAI, 4 May 2021: China has suspended Air France’s
weekly flight to Shanghai for two weeks effective 10 May, Reuters reported last
Friday.

Six passengers on an Air France flight, 20 April, tested
positive for Covid-19 resulting in the Civil Aviation Administration of China
issuing an order to suspend services.

Positive tests on arriving passengers lead to automatic
flight suspensions under Chinese rules established last year with the easing of
international flight curbs.

“These are the Chinese rules, and we will abide by
them,” an Air France spokesman told Reuters, adding that the airline
enforced “very strict testing requirements” ahead of departure.

Meanwhile, CAAC suspended China Southern Airlines’
Paris-Guangzhou service for two weeks, effective 3 May, after five passengers
tested positive on a flight from Pari to Guangzhou service.

In a related move, the CAAC late last week adjusted rules
for airlines flying to China after the US eased travel bans on Chinese students
last Monday.

If five passengers test Covid-19 positive when disembarking at an airport in China, the airline can choose to suspend flights for two weeks, starting from the fourth week after its arrival, or it can continue to operate with the cabin factor not exceeding  40% of available seats for four weeks.

If infections reach 10 passengers, the flight will be
suspended for four weeks, starting from the fourth week after its arrival. If
the number of confirmed passengers reaches 10 on two consecutive flights, the
suspension will start from that week and last for eight weeks.

If the number of confirmed passengers reaches 30 on a
flight, the flight will be suspended starting from that week and last for four
weeks.

The CAAC said the new rules took effect from 1 May.

(Source: Reuters and Global Times)