On the evening of March 26, China's civil aviation regulator issued a circular to further cut international flights in its efforts to stem the inflow of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
All domestic airlines were allowed to operate only one flight to each country per week, while foreign aviation companies should keep only one air route to China, with no more than one flight every week for each of the air routes to China.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said this would be effective starting March 29.
The administration also instructed all airlines to file applications of flight plans in advance as requested by the circular.
Stricter measures will also be taken to curb the spread of the virus on flights arriving or leaving the country and ensure that passenger load is lower than 75 percent, the CAAC said, adding that it might further slash international flights in the future if necessary.
Editor: Crystal H