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29 January 2020

We have been receiving an increasing number of requests for charters relating to the coronavirus outbreak in China and can give the following updates:

Current situation

  • Advice being given by some governments that travel to and from China may become more difficult in the coming days.
  • News reports indicate the US is considering a flight ban for aircraft flying directly from China.
  • British Airways have cancelled all direct flights to and from China and industry rumours are that some other major airlines are considering the same course of action.
  • We recommend all customers thinking of travelling to and from China and south east Asia to follow the latest Government advice in regards to travel.

Aircraft Availability and Charter operations

  • We still have charter operators quoting for charter flights to and from mainland China
  • Chinese operators have limited capacity due to the extension of the Chinese new year holiday.
  • Permits for international carriers will be required, which can take up to 7 days, although we have recently seen a Chinese permit granted within 24 hours.
  • Charters to and from Wuhan will almost certainly need diplomatic assistance to be granted permits.
  • ACS’s local offices are gathering updates from the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority which indicates the situation is fluid.

ACS Operations

  • ACS operations in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are still able to process charter requests.
  • Our 24hr operations team are monitoring the situation and are in touch with relevant airlines.

We advise any customers looking to charter passenger or cargo aircraft to or from the region to contact us sooner rather than later as the situation is changing rapidly and we cannot predict whether permits will continue to be granted, or what travel and quarantine restrictions will be put in place.

We will provide situation updates on our website:

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