ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines cargo flight to China will be unaffected by a four week suspension of flights to Shanghai imposed by Chinese authorities following Covid-19 positive cases on a passenger charter flight, the airlines said.
The positive cases were found on a charger flight from Dubai with 223 Chinese nationals on board.
Though all passengers had taken a pre-flight PCR test which was negative, they had been positive when tested in China.
“The airline operated a charter flight with 223 Chinese national onboard from Dubai to Shanghai via Colombo on the 7th of August 2020,” SriLankan said.
“Prior to this flight SriLankan operated two similar flights from Dubai to Shanghai with zero COVID positive cases.
“The particular special charter flight operated on 7 August had 23 passengers tested positive for COVID, thus CAAC temporarily suspended SriLankan Airlines for four weeks as per the new regulations in place.
“SriLankan Cargo operation remains unaffected and will continue to fly to China when required.”
SriLankan said it had ferried over 3,000 Chinese nationals from the UK and Dubai without any incidents.
SriLankan Airlines is operating repatriation flights and cargo to get revenues with most airports closed due to the Coroanvirus pandemic. (Colombo/Aug14/2020)