[The Epoch Times, January 14, 2022](The Epoch Times reporter Xu Jian comprehensive report) The CCP recently ordered the cancellation of several US-China flights in the next few weeks on the grounds of containing the CCP virus (new coronavirus, COVID-19). And flights from countries such as France, Indonesia, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Ordinary travelers flying from the U.S. to China may face an unimaginable situation: There may be no commercial flights to China starting next week until the Beijing Winter Olympics. Many Chinese who returned home before the New Year were stranded in the United States because of the cancellation of a large number of flights from the United States.
According to a CNN Business study of published flight schedules, starting Jan. 19 and continuing for at least two weeks, all flights from the U.S. to China have either been canceled or may be suspended due to what China calls “circuit breakers” regulations. Some U.S. flights won’t have flights to China until March.
Hong Kong’s government also said on Friday (January 14) that the city’s airport will bar passengers from 150 so-called “high-risk areas” from transiting through the city’s airport for a month, further isolating the once global financial center.
According to this regulation, from January 16 to February 15, 150 countries and regions from the so-called “group A”, including Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United States, You cannot transit in Hong Kong. In addition, venues such as bars and clubs, cinemas, gyms and beauty salons in Hong Kong will be closed for another two weeks.
The Beijing Winter Olympics opened on February 4, and most of the participants arrived in China on special flights, one of the strict measures implemented by the Chinese Communist Party for the Olympics.
Since June, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has imposed a “circuit breaker” rule on international flights. That is, if 5 to 9 passengers test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in China, the route needs to be suspended for two weeks, called a “small circuit breaker”, and if more than 10 passengers test positive, the route needs to be suspended for two weeks. The 4-week suspension triggers the so-called “big circuit breaker”.
More than a third of the 9,356 international flights scheduled to China from Dec. 24 to Jan. 12 were cancelled, according to data from Umetrip, an app developed by China‘s state-owned aviation industry.
Three US airlines – United Airlines (UAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL) and American Airlines (AAL) – would have operated 10 weekly flights to Shanghai.
The American Aviation Association, which represents a number of U.S. airlines, said, “We are concerned about the impact of the disruption (flights) and continue to assess the impact on operations. We are communicating with the U.S. and Chinese governments to determine a route that will minimize the impact on passengers. feasible way.”
On Wednesday (January 12), the Biden administration in the United States criticized the Chinese authorities and warned that the United States may take countermeasures. “China‘s actions violated its obligations under the U.S.-China air transport agreement. We are engaging with the (Chinese regime) on this and reserve the right to take appropriate regulatory action,” a U.S. Department of Transportation spokesman said.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has also canceled flights from other countries. In the latest announcement, flights from Paris to Shanghai, Jakarta to Wuhan, Melbourne to Guangzhou, Abu Dhabi to Shanghai, etc., have been cancelled.
According to Huari’s analysis, these strict measures highlight the heavy cost of the CCP’s “zero new crown” policy. Throughout the pandemic, China‘s border controls are among the strictest in the world, resulting in a severe reduction in the number of international flights. And entrants need special approval from the Chinese Communist Party to enter, and those who get visas must undergo quarantine, which can be extended to 28 days in some cities.
While many countries have come out of lockdown and the Chinese people and the economy are suffering more and more, the CCP is sticking to its “zero epidemic” strategy.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan#