A source from Beijing Capital Airlines confirmed to Lusa the resumption of the only air connection between Portugal and East Asia.

The authorities of the Chinese city of Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province, suspended the connection with Lisbon on December 25, at a time when that region was facing an outbreak of covid-19. On January 23, the city resumed domestic flights, but kept international connections suspended.

Under the 'zero cases' strategy of covid-19, China has kept borders practically closed since March 2020.