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Flying to China still a challenge as restrictions extended

As COVID-19 pandemic rages abroad, China tries to reduce imported infection risk

The daily number of inbound travelers slid by 80% since China cut the number of international flights in March.   © Reuters

Travelers planning summer trips in and out of China may continue experiencing difficulties finding plane tickets as the country extends a March policy limiting the number of international flights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major domestic airlines unveiled June flight schedules showing little increase in international service. Carriers including China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, XiamenAir and Juneyao Airlines largely carried over their May schedules for June. Air China, the flagship carrier, plans to add only two international routes linking Beijing with Madrid and Manila in June, according to the airline's latest schedule, released Friday.

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