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Ethiopian airline gets 5-week ban

China’s civil aviation regulator yesterday issued its harshest flight suspension order since the start of the pandemic to Ethiopian Airlines’ flight from Addis Ababa to Shanghai.

Flight ET684 will be grounded for five weeks from October 26 after over a dozen passengers tested positive for COVID-19 this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

Five passengers on the flight tested positive on arrival at Pudong airport on October 6, while an additional 10 travelers on the same flight tested positive on October 13, said the CAAC. The infected passengers were quarantined upon arrival.

The flight was earlier halted for a week from August 31 after six passengers tested positive.

According to CAAC policies, if the number of passengers testing positive hits five, the airline’s flights will be halted for a week. The ban lasts for four weeks if the number of positive passengers reaches 10.


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