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07/21/2020| 11:10:16 PM| ChinaTravelNews

Air passengers traveling to China must show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding; Alibaba fund invests in cross-border fintech firm Airwallex.

Passengers need negative test certificate before flying to China

>> Passengers traveling by plane to China must show a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a plane, according to a statement issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. "Chinese and foreign passengers on flights to China shall complete nucleic acid testing within 5 days before boarding," the authority said on July 20. "Testing should be carried out in institutions designated or approved by Chinese embassies abroad."

China records 150 million air passengers in the first half of 2020

>> Air passenger throughput in China continued to recover in the first half of this year, said Shijie Wu, deputy director of Security Office in Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). In the first six months of 2020, total passenger throughput was about 150 million in China, among which 140 million passengers traveled on domestic flights and 8.52 million flew international flights, representing 48.6% and 23.5% respectively of the level in the same period of last year.

Trip.com chairman expects full recovery of China's domestic travel in months

>> With the coronavirus under control in China, the recent restoration of cross-province group tours, and the arrival of summer holiday peak season, Trip.com Group chairman Mr. James Liang told CNBC that he expects the country's domestic tourism to fully recover in the next few months. Mr. Liang said in the next quarter or two corporate travel bookings will still be dominated by individual travelers.

Alibaba fund invests in cross-border fintech firm Airwallex

>> Airwallex, a cross-border payment solution provider, announced that it has closed a Series D+ fundraising round backed by Alibaba's Entrepreneurs Fund. Airwallex said the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund will accelerate the company’s expansion of products, service scale and ecosystem, especially business growth in the Greater China region.

China Eastern optimistic about strong domestic recovery

>> China Eastern Airlines anticipates that it will restore most of its domestic network by the end of July, as it records a ten-fold increase in flights within the country since the coronavirus outbreak bottomed out travel demand.

British Airways flies back to China

>> British Airways will resume flights to mainland China from August 9 with tickets on sale on ba.com. The London Heathrow to Shanghai Pudong route will initially operate each Thursday and Sunday, providing more options for customers in the UK who want to return to mainland China. Flights between London and Beijing remain suspended.

Etihad Airways to resume flights to Shanghai

>> Starting from July 27, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Shanghai, China. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring Business and Economy cabins.

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