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Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air banned from China for 7 days

by Vanessa Lane
Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air banned from China for 7 days
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Two Thai airlines have been banned from entering China for seven days after carrying covid-19 inflected passengers into Tianjin and Guangzhou over the past few days.

The flights both stopped in Thailand, although passengers did not disembark. However, the incident has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to implement a new rule for transiting flights.

According to the new rule issued by the CAAT, flights carrying coronavirus-infected passengers will not gain permission to land in Thailand.

Director-General of the CAAT, Chula Sukmanop, explained that airlines must only sell tickets to people who can present a medical certification showing they are free of covid-19. If all passengers on the itinerary do not have such certification, the flight will not be allowed to land in Thailand.

Mr. Sukmanop further clarified that the requirement applies even though passengers do not disembark from the aircraft while in Thailand.

The new measure responds to the Civil Aviation Authority of China banning both Thai AirAsia X and Thai Lion Air following the airlines carrying covid-19 positive passengers into mainland China.

The flights, XJ808 and SL117, departed from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Jakarta in Indonesia via Don Muang airport in Bangkok. They landed in Tianjin and Guangzhou of China on July 10th and July 13th, respectively.

Around five or six passengers on each flight tested positive for covid-19, prompting China’s Civil Aviation Authority to ban both airlines from the country for a week.

Source: Bangkok Post