A day after China’s aviation authority barred two flights from Thailand because arriving passengers tested positive for COVID-19, both operating airlines responded that none disembarked while in Bangkok.
Two Thai airlines responded to a temporary Chinese ban on two of their flights after arriving passengers tested positive for COVID-19 by saying none had disembarked while in Bangkok.
After the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s announced that 11 travelers aboard Thai Lion Air and Thai AirAsia X flights landed there with the virus, both airlines told the media they were connecting flights transited at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.
Both airlines stressed that no passengers deplaned there. Thai AirAsia X said the flights were routed through Thailand to take advantage of its flight status with Beijing.
Attempts to reach airline representatives were not successful by publication time.
According to Chinese state media, two flights will be barred for one week starting Monday: Thai Lion Air’s flight SL117 to Guangzhou and Thai Airasia X’s flight XJ808 from to Tianjin, both originating at Don Mueang. It said six passengers carrying the coronavirus landed July 7 aboard the Thai Lion Air flight, and five three days later via Thai Airasia X.
Thai Lion Air said today that its flight was a connection from Jakarta that transited at DMK before going on to Guangzhou. Most of the cabin crew were Chinese, it noted, and no Thai passengers were aboard, so it believes those with the disease were likely exposed to COVID-19 in Indonesia.
Air Asia X responded similarly, saying its flight originated in Kuala Lumpur and flew to Manila before turning around and stopping in Bangkok on its way to Tienjin, China. It also said no passengers deplaned in Thailand. It noted that all passengers were tested for COVID-19 before boarding.
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