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China suspends SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Shanghai flight over COVID-19 cases


Aug 13, 2020 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Shanghai flight would be suspended for four weeks after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on recent flights, the Xinhua news agency reported.

China’s civil aviation regulator has announced that an Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi-Shanghai flight, a China Eastern Airlines’ Manila-Shanghai flight, and a SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Shanghai flight, would be suspended following positive COVID-19 cases.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), there were 23 positive cases on a SriLankan Airlines’ UL866 flight on Aug. 7. Accordingly, the flights of SriLankan Airlines will be suspended for four weeks.

According to the CAAC policy, if all inbound passengers on an airline test negative for the novel coronavirus for three weeks in a row, the operating airline will be allowed to increase its number of flights to two per week.

If the number of passengers testing positive reaches five, the airline’s flights will be suspended for a week. The suspension will last for four weeks if the number of passengers testing positive reaches 10.

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