Mar 18, 2020 07:51 PM

Domestic Airlines to Divert International Flights Away From Beijing

What’s new: Starting on Wednesday, international flights operated by Chinese airlines that terminate in Beijing will be diverted to nearby airports including those in the cities of Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Hohhot and Taiyuan, sources with direct knowledge of the latest plan told Caixin. Foreign airlines won't be affected.

What’s the background: The latest plan is designed to ease the pressure on Beijing’s main airport, which earlier this week rolled out a policy requiring all people arriving from abroad to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantines in several designated hotels. The policy comes as airports around China are taking similar measures to try to prevent imported cases of Covid-19 from getting into the broader Chinese community.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use. To read the full Caixin article in Chinese, click here.

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