China suspends direct flight from Portugal after detecting cases on board

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, World, Asia · 27-05-2021 10:40:00 · 2 Comments

The Chinese authorities announced on 27 May the suspension of direct flights between Portugal and China for a period of two weeks, after seven cases of Covid-19 were detected on a flight from Lisbon on 14 May.

In a statement published on its official website, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that the flight between Lisbon and the Chinese city of Xi'an, operated by Beijing Capital Airlines, will be suspended from 31 May.

"After the suspension period, the operation may be resumed, with a frequency of one flight per week," the statement said.

The Asian country, where Covid-19 broke out in December, was the first to contain the outbreak, so it has come to fear a resurgence due to cases from abroad, mainly Chinese trying to return to the country.

Chinese authorities reduced overseas air links at the end of March last year as the new coronavirus spread around the world.

Beijing Capital Airlines resumed flights between Portugal and China at the end of August last year.

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