China will gradually resume direct international flights to Beijing

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are seen at Beijing Daxing International Airport in Beijing, China July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday it will resume direct flights to Beijing from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Canada from Sept. 3.

In March, Chinese authorities ordered all international flights to Beijing to be diverted to other airports as their first port of entry, as the capital stepped up measures to battle imported infections.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would reimpose such curbs if more than three passengers test positive for the coronavirus upon arrival and load factors on such flights would be strictly controlled.

Reporting by Stella Qiu, Lusha Zhang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Andrew Heavens