On August 10, World Wide Customs’ sources in Shanghai received information that a local ground handling agent of Foreign Airlines Service Corporation (FASCO) tested positive for Covid-19 recently, causing partial lockdowns within Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the reinstatement of socially distanced work protocols among airline and terminal staff.
As FASCO’s main business is the provision of road transportation services for aviation staff—including those operating freighter and passenger charter aircraft—the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) instituted a new policy in response to the outbreak, limiting flight crew changes in China; most airlines have prepared alternating crews for return flights. Passenger charter flight operations are also suspended until further notice.
In July, Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) was shutdown due to a similar reported outbreak—the airport will remain closed until at least August 22, causing some airlines to re-route flights to PVG. As over half of China’s 31 provinces now combat the Delta variant, truck drivers inbound to PVG will be required to provide recent negative Covid-19 test results.
Due to the above-mentioned measures, cargo operations and available capacity will be substantially impacted at PVG. Affected clients should contact their Word Wide Customs global account manager or local representative for more information