China will allow 408 scheduled international passenger flights to and from the country per week in the winter season ending in March next year, down from 644 in the summer season, China’s aviation regulator said on Friday.
That is down 21.1 percent from a year ago when international travel remained heavily depressed due to the surging COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement will likely douse hopes for any immediate reopening of Chinese borders as more and more countries reopen their economies. China has so far adopted a zero-COVID approach towards sporadic domestic outbreaks, which has far-reaching implications for the Chinese economy.
“The shift of season for international passenger flights will continue to be in line with the relevant requirements from epidemic prevention and control policy and transportation support,” said the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in a statement on its website.
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