| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

China’s COVID-hit Shenzhen suspends direct flights to Beijing

China has suspended direct flights from the southern city of Shenzhen to Beijing until at least July 1, booking apps showed, ahead of celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party’s founding in the capital on that date.

Guangdong, China’s most populated province, is struggling a COVID-19 outbreak, with 170 confirmed local cases between May 21 and June 21. No new confirmed local cases were reported for June 22.

Eight of the cases were recorded in Shenzhen, while 146 were reported in the provincial capital Guangzhou, though direct flights were still available to Beijing as of Wednesday, booking apps such as CTrip and Fliggy showed.

A Shenzhen government official who refused to be identified and two airline representatives confirmed flights from Shenzhen to the capital had been suspended.

Flights to other mainland destinations appeared to be operating as normal.

The airport in Foshan city, which borders Guangzhou and has seen 12 cases in the last month, revealed that it was postponing all flights until July 7 due to the pandemic.

Although China was the initial epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged there in late 2019, but it was able to contain the spread of the virus.

  • Reuters