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Domestic Flights from/ to Xinjiang will Fully Resume in September
Published: Sep. 07, 2020
As COVID-19 infections in Xinjiang have fallen to zero for more than 20 days, the strict regional lockdown has gradually lifted since the beginning of September, and the flight restriction is also releasing.

Since September 1, Urumqi International Airport has resumed flights to Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Changsha, Xiamen, and Tianjin. At the beginning stage, these flights will be operated once a day. Moreover, Xiamen Air will resume the flight of Urumqi - Yinchuan - Fuzhou since September 8 and the flights to Jinan, Quanzhou, Zhengzhou, and Fuzhou since September 16. Xi'an Xianyang International Airport also declared to resume all the flights bound for Xinjiang since September 5, from the present less than 10 round-trip flights to 27 round-trip flights per day, including destination cities like Urumqi, Kashgar, Korla, Hotan, Aksu, Karamay, Altay, Yining, and Kuqa.

As all the Xinjiang outdoor scenic areas reopened on September 2, the domestic flights from/ to Xinjiang are expected to fully resume in September, including some intercity air routes like Yining - Karamay.
Wuhan will Resume International Flights from Mid-September, 2020
Published: Sep. 02, 2020
As the once epicenter of COVID-19, Wuhan had suspended 63 international flight routes since the outbreak of the coronavirus. After several months' suspension, recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has agreed to Wuhan international flights gradually resuming. At present, a lot of foreign air companies are applying for resuming the flights from Wuhan to Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Hanoi, Sihanouk, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Singapore, etc. The first international flight is expected to resume since mid-September.

Wuhan's domestic flights have resumed since April 8 and the domestic destinations have reached 73 at the end of August. Also, the daily maximum passenger throughput of Wuhan Tianhe Airport is more than 60,000 so far, about 90% of the passenger volume in the same period last year.
Amsterdam - Hangzhou Flight via Seoul will Resume since August 27
Published: Aug. 24, 2020
With the gradual release of China's travel restrictions, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines declared to resume the flights between Amsterdam and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province since August 27 and the round-trip flights will both stopover in Seoul. The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER and B777-200 for temporarily once a week. The flight KL 857/821 will depart from Amsterdam on Tuesday at 18:55 and arrive in Hangzhou at 15:00 the next day. The return flight KL 822/858 will fly on Friday at 18:50 and reach Amsterdam at 04:45 the second day. All times above are local.

Hangzhou is the second destination in China that KLM has resumed the flights, after the weekly flights from Amsterdam to Shanghai. And KLM also indicates that they will add another frequency on the route of Amsterdam - Hangzhou as soon as possible.

For better security of passengers and airport staff, KLM takes a lot of measures. For example, wearing masks are required; the HEPA filters are used to clean the air; and more frequent disinfection of the toilet on board. Moreover, to reduce the contact time of passengers and staff, the catering service will be limited.
US and China Declared to Double the Flights between Them since August 18
Published: Aug. 20, 2020
After several months' flight cutbacks due to coronavirus, both of the United States and China have agreed to double the flights between the two countries from the original four to eight per week, which are operated by each other's airlines. The US Transportation Department declared the announcement this Tuesday, August 18.

On August 12, Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC)informed the US Transportation Department that the two weekly flights operated by United Airlines can be expanded to four times a week, so can the two flights of Delta Air Lines per week.

From September 4 on, the United Airlines will add the flights between San Francisco and Shanghai to four times a week. The Delta Air Lines will add the flights from Detroit and Seattle to Shanghai, via Seoul since August 24.
Beijing - Jiuzhaigou Flight Resumed Since August 2, 2020
Published: Aug. 05, 2020
The direct flights between Beijing and Jiuzhaigou have resumed as the flight CA4121 operated by Air China successfully landed on Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport on August 2. This is really good news for tourists who want to visit Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. The flights fly 4 times a week and they all are operated by planes of Airbus A319 every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flight CA4121 departs from Beijing Capital International Airport at 14:00 and arrives at Jiuzhaigou at 17:45. The return flight CA4122 leaves for Beijing at 18:35 and lands at 21:35.

At present, there are totally 7 air routes operating from Jiuzhaigou, and the destinations include Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Changsha, Wuxi, Lanzhou, Lhasa, and Beijing.
Air China Open and Resume Flights to Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore since the End of July
Published: Jul. 29, 2020
Air China has declared to open and resume more international flights from Hangzhou, Zhejiang to Seoul, Tokyo, and Singapore. The detailed schedules are as follow:

RoutesFlight NumbersSchedules Timings Open Dates
Hangzhou-Singapore-Hangzhou CA767 Every Friday 9:50-15:00 July 31
CA768 16:35-21:55
Hangzhou-Tokyo-Hangzhou CA145 Every Monday 9:55-13:50 July 27
CA146 16:05-18:20
Hangzhou-Seoul-Hangzhou CA139 Every Tuesday 8:55-12:05 July 21
CA140 13:20-14:15
Note: For Hangzhou-Seoul route, another 3 flights will be added on Aug.23, Sep.20, and Oct.18 and the timings will not change.

In addition to the international flights, Air China will also open the new domestic flight between Chengdu and Xishuangbanna since August 1. The flight CA4425/6 will be operated daily by Airbus A319. On Monday, it will fly at 9:25 from Chengdu and arrive in Xishuangbanna at 11:35 as the return flight will depart at 12:30 and get to Chengdu at 14:25. From Tuesday to Sunday, the flight will depart at 9:50 and land off at 12:00, and it will return from 11:35 to 13:40. A single journey takes about 2 hours 10 minutes.
More Foreign Airlines Resume International Flights to China
Published: Jul. 22, 2020
As China well curbs the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the aviation restrictions have loosened and more international flights to China resume. Recently, 8 foreign airlines announced that they would resume flights to Guangzhou since this week.

1. Mahan Air

Tehran - Guangzhou (W5081/ W5080): It flies once a week, on every Monday since July 20.

2. Korean Air

Inchon - Guangzhou: It operates once a week, on every Wednesday since July 22, departing at 8:50 from Inchon to Guangzhou at 13:20.

3. Air Busan

Inchon - Shenzhen: Since July 17, the flight flies from Inchon at 8:50 and back from Shenzhen at 12:50 every Friday.

4. Egyptair

Cairo - Guangzhou (MS958/ MS959): Since July 23, it operates once a week, on every Thursday.

5. Saudi Arabian Airlines

Riyadh - Guangzhou (SV884/ SV885): once a week, on every Thursday since July 23.

6. Emirates Airlines

Dubai - Guangzhou (EK362/ EK363): since July 25, flying on every Saturday.

7. Qatar Airways

Doha - Guangzhou (QR874/ QR875): operating on every Friday since July 26.

8. Turkish Airlines

Istanbul - Guangzhou (TK072/ TK073): Since July 21, the flight from Istanbul to Guangzhou flies every Tuesday and the return flight from Guangzhou operates every Thursday.

Auckland - Shanghai Flight by Air New Zealand Resumed since June 22
Published: Jun. 29, 2020
Air New Zealand formally declared to restart its Auckland - Shanghai flight route since June 2020 and the first flight just took off at 23:00, June 22 from Auckland, and landed in Shanghai at 7:15 a.m. the next morning. The resume of the flight offers great convenience for passengers from both countries.

Since June, Air New Zealand has resumed the service at more than 20 air terminals in China and more flights will be put into use in July and August, which will account for about 55% of the flights before the epidemic period. To ensure the safety of passengers, all the airports, VIP lounges, and cabins have been disinfected and hand sanitizers, medical gloves, and disposable masks are provided on the plane. Also, the advanced air filtration system that can filter viruses is equipped.
Flights from/to Beijing Canceled since June 16 and More will be Canceled Soon
Published: Jun. 17, 2020
Since June 16, a lot of flights bound for Beijing and depart from Beijing have been canceled because Beijing has raised its emergency response level due to the recent new cases of the coronavirus outbreak. So far (June 17), Beijing Capital Airport has canceled 722 flights while more than 400 flights of Beijing Daxing Airport have been suspended. The resume time is still uncertain.

At present, some Chinese air companies like Air China and China Southern Airlines have brought out the policy to return full refunds to passengers of canceled flights without any service charge. Passengers who have booked the flights from/to Beijing should contact your airlines timely to get your refund and try to avoid any trip to Beijing during this period.
4 China Cities Added to First Entry Points for International Flights since June 8
Published: Jun. 10, 2020
According to the newest announcement of China's Civil Aviation Administration, an adjustment has been made on the first entry points for the international flights bound for Beijing. Since 0 am. 8 June, Shanghai stopped serving as the first entry point. Instead, Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Lanzhou have been added on the list. What's more, Wuhan will be a back-up new entry point. At present, there are total of 16 first entry points: Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, and Wuhan.

Passengers can check your first entry point on the official website of China's Civil Aviation Administration or confirm it with your air companies. After entry to China, a 14-day quarantine in those cities have to be accepted before traveling to Beijing or other Chinese cities.
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