Air travel recovers in China amid COVID infection worries

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – People in China are resuming travel ahead of the Lunar New Year, despite worries about infections after Beijing dropped COVID-19 curbs last month, with air passenger volumes recovering to 63% of 2019 levels since the annual travel season began. The rapid business recovery is challenging airlines’ ability to ensure safety, and great attention to pandemic-related risks is needed, said Song Zhiyong, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The industry needs to “fully understand the special nature, and complexity of the Spring Festival migration in 2023”, Song said…

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