Intl. Flights to Beijing now Redirected to other Cities

2020-03-23 10:35:17 , Source : Heyxian

 

BREAKING: All international flights into Beijing will be rerouted to one of 12 cities prior to landing in the capital beginning at midnight tonight, the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced today.

 

Source: caac.gov.cn

 

This encompasses flights operated by domestic as well as international carriers, and also includes flights from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, according to media reports.

 

The announcement on the CAAC website reads as folllows:

 

1. Starting from 00:00 of March 23 Beijing Time, all international passenger flights bound for Beijing will be diverted to the following 12 designated first points of entry: Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Shanghai Pudong, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou and Xi’an. The designated first points of entry for the specific flights operated by airlines can be found on the official website of CAAC and the websites of airlines.

 

2. Passengers on the international flights shall go through quarantine inspection and customs clearance formalities and claim baggage at the first points of entry. Passengers who passed quarantine inspection can fly to Beijing on the original flight. Customs clearance for belly-held cargo shall be conducted in Beijing.

 

3. Timely adjustment to the designated first points of entry for international flights bound for Beijing and relevant measures will be made based on the epidemic development.

 

Here is the current list of diversion routes as of 3:45pm (subject to change):

 

•Air China: Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Shenyang, Dalian, Shanghai, Qingdao,    Zhengzhou and Xi'an

•China Southern Airlines: Shenyang, Jinan

•Hainan Airlines: Taiyuan

•Emirates: Shanghai

•Etihad Airlines: Xi'an

•Ethiopian Airlines: Taiyuan

•Korean Air: Qingdao

•Aeroflot: Tianjin

•Asiana Airlines: Dalian

•Malaysia Airlines: Zhengzhou

•Thai Airways: Shijiazhuang

•Singapore Airlines: Nanjing

 

This is a move that was rumored to be happening several days ago, and on March 20 four flights were announced as trial cases.

 

 

 

The reasons for the change in policy are unclear but presumably the move has several motivations: to reduce the pressure / time delays / associated risk of having all flights coming into one airport; to reduce chances any one city’s quarantine hotels and/or medical facilities get filled up with sick and/or quarantined passengers; and to keep the capital city infection numbers low. There is also the possibility this is a tactic to discourage people from returning.

 

Unfortunately the new measurements aren't clear for those returning to Beijing. 

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