China suspends Etihad Airways Abu-Dhabi-Shanghai route over covid-19 contaminations

China’s aviation regulator said Wednesday it would suspend Etihad Airways from operating its Abu Dhabi- Shanghai flight for a week due covdi-19 contaminations. The decision will be reinforced from August 17, Zaywa reports. China is alarmed by a high number of arriving passengers testing positive for the coronavirus.
The move is a blow to the Emirati airline which restarted the route July 27 after several months of hiatus due to the pandemic.
To restart the route, the airline imposed a set of measures including a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to departure from Abu Dhabi, or from their departure airport if they are transferring from other cities via Abu Dhabi.
“In the UAE, guests travelling to all Etihad Airways destinations, including Shanghai, can make use of a new home testing service introduced in collaboration with Mediclinic. For a fee, UAE-based travellers can book a convenient COVID-19 PCR test at their home, or at a Mediclinic facility in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, or Dubai, prior to their travel. The service is also convenient for those crossing the Abu Dhabi border from other emirates to reach Abu Dhabi International Airport,” the airliner said in a statement.

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