The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Sunday that flights to and from the UK will remain suspended from Monday in order to further properly respond to the possible impact of the mutant novel coronavirus.
Airlines are required to continue to provide services such as helping passengers and arranging ticket refunds and changes for canceled flights, according to a notice issued by the CAAC.
The agency earlier announced a suspension of flights to and from the UK from December 28 to January 10.
Taking into account the practices of other countries, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on December 24 the suspension of flights to and from the UK due to a new coronavirus strain.
"Considering the specific nature of the virus and its possible impact, in order to protect the health of Chinese and foreign personnel, China has decided to suspend flights to and from the UK after a full assessment and taking into account the practices of other countries," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
As of December 20, the CAAC had issued 140 suspension instructions to Chinese and foreign airlines (54 domestic and 86 foreign), and it canceled 272 international flights last year, effectively preventing the importation of further cases.
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