After the U.S. lifted the ban on the segregation of international students to the U.S., the Chinese side tightened instead of loosened, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) launched a new version of the “Notice on Adjustment of International Scheduled Passenger Flight Meltdown Measures for Trial Implementation” running on May 1, adding the option of reducing the passenger capacity for minor meltdowns (five cases) and the option of double grounding and the start of the week for major meltdowns (ten cases). In the event of a super meltdown (30 cases) will result in the suspension of flights for the week + four weeks, while clarifying various calculation methods and measures.
The CAA notice clarifies that if the number of confirmed passengers on a single inbound flight of an airline reaches ten cases, the flight will be suspended for four weeks from the fourth week of flight entry and the award flight will be cancelled. If the number of confirmed passengers on two consecutive flights reaches ten cases each, the flight will be immediately melted down that week and suspended for a total of eight weeks.
The notice said that the purpose of this move is to better adapt to the needs of the normalization of the prevention and control of the epidemic, on the basis of input risk prevention and control measures, to facilitate the organization of airline capacity and passenger travel arrangements, the international passenger flights launched last year “meltdown measures” adjusted to “flight meltdown or control passenger seat rate operating measures “.
Details are as follows.
- If the number of confirmed passengers on a single inbound flight reaches five, the airline can choose from the following two types of restrictions on operations.
(1) Flight meltdown measures: suspending the operation of the flight for two weeks from the fourth week of the flight’s entry and canceling the award flight.
(2) Controlled seat rate operation measures: from the fourth week of flight entry, restrict the flight to operate at a seat rate of no more than 40% for four weeks and cancel the award flight.
- If the number of confirmed passengers on a single inbound flight of an airline reaches ten cases, the operation of the flight will be suspended for four weeks from the fourth week of the flight’s entry and the award flight will be cancelled. If the number of confirmed passengers reaches 10 on two consecutive flights, the flight will be immediately suspended for eight weeks from the same week.
- If the number of confirmed passengers on a single inbound flight reaches 30, the airline will immediately cut off the flight that week and suspend the flight for four weeks.
The above new rules will be implemented on a trial basis for international passenger flights landing after 12:00 a.m. CST on May 1.