Delta Air Lines Calls China’s New COVID Sanitation Rules Unreasonable

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

December 29, 2021

SEATTLE — According to Delta Air Lines, a Delta aircraft from Seattle enroute to Shanghai last week turned around midair due to a change in cleaning requirements at the Shanghai airport.

Delta said that if the plane had landed in Shanghai, the new restrictions would have created significant delays increasing ground time which is not viable for Delta operations.

According to FlightAware, nearly 2,300 flights throughout the country delayed or canceled over the past week due to personnel shortages and other challenges caused by the Omicron variety.

China is strictly enforcing its zero-Covid policy in the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.  The repressive actions have forced residents of Xi’an in northwestern Shaanxi province, to live in lockdown.