Customs officers prepare to lead inbound passengers to get off the plane at
Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, March 18,
will further enforce strict control over international passenger
flights that possess a high risk of imported COVID-19 cases, the
country's civil aviation regulator said Tuesday.
passenger load factor of inbound flights that are of relatively high
risks should not exceed 75 percent, the Civil Aviation Administration of
China (CAAC) said in a statement, citing the grim pandemic-control
The rule applies
to international flights deemed high risk in China's latest edition of
the pandemic-control guide for airlines as well as to flights that have
resumed operations after previous suspensions due to imported cases.
operated by the same airline on the same route with over five
passengers testing positive for COVID-19 for three weeks in a row must
also adhere to the 75-percent cap in passenger load.
CAAC will continue its reward and suspension policy, putting on hold
high-risk flights and allowing airline operators to increase flights if
all inbound passengers on an airline test negative for COVID-19 for a
certain period, it said.
So far, the CAAC has enforced 31 flight suspensions and canceled 52 inbound flights.