China’s ‘circuit-breaker’ flight restrictions are triggered for the first time

China’s aviation authority suspended a China Southern Airlines flight route on Sunday after 17 passengers on a June 11 flight tested positive for the coronavirus.

It is the regulator’s first use of its new “circuit-breaker” flight regulations, which came into effect on June 4 as domestic carriers expanded flights and days before China reintroduced international flights after months of border restrictions to prevent the import of the virus.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) suspended the airline’s Dhaka, Bangladesh to Guangzhou, China flight—the weekly flight CZ392—for four weeks starting June 22 because of the infected passengers. The airline’s

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