A China Southern Airlines flight from Dhaka to Guangzhou was suspended for 4 weeks, after 17 passengers onboard were tested positive for coronavirus, reports China Daily.
China’s aviation regulator issued its first international flight ‘circuit-breaker’ directive on Sunday, suspending flights between Bangladesh and Guangzhou city.Seventeen passengers on a June 11 flight from the Bangladeshi capital to the southern Chinese city tested positive for the coronavirus, meeting the conditions for a "circuit breaker" suspension of the service, the Civil Aviation Administration of China in a statement.
According to a new policy, the civil administration will have a reward and circuit breaker mechanism to contain the number of imported cases of the novel coronavirus, while allowing more domestic and overseas airlines to increase the number of international passenger flights in and out of China.
If the number of passengers who undergo a positive nucleic acid test stands at zero for three consecutive weeks on the same route, airlines will be allowed to add one additional flight per week on the route as a bonus, it said.
But the airline will have to suspend the operation of the route for one week if five or more passengers test positive for the coronavirus. If the number exceeds 10, the airline will suspend flights on the route for four weeks, it said, adding that it could resume operation after the "circuit breaker" period.
The administration also said that it will allow certain eligible countries to increase the number of international passenger flights in and out of the country if the epidemic risks are controllable.