SriLankan flight to Shanghai suspended over COVID-19 | Sunday Observer

SriLankan flight to Shanghai suspended over COVID-19

14 August, 2020

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 after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on recent flights, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Six passengers tested positive on an Etihad Airways' flight on August 3, while there were six positive cases on a China Eastern Airlines’ flight on August 5, and there were 23 positive cases on a SriLankan Airlines’ flight on August 7, according to a statement posted on Wednesday on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The decision was made on Tuesday.

The suspension of Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines' flights will last for one week, starting on August 17, while flights of SriLankan Airlines will be suspended for four weeks.

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, a reward and suspension mechanism was introduced by the CAAC on June 4.


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.

The CAAC also said that the airlines are not allowed to transfer the original quota for each flight to other routes.