China approves charter flights to bring home Wuhan tourists

Reuters

Posted at Jan 30 2020 03:21 PM

Workers in protective gear are seen next to a chartered plane from Wuhan at Tokyo's Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo Jan. 29, 2020. Kyodo via Reuters

BEIJING -- China's aviation authority has approved chartered flights to bring home from overseas trips some residents of the central city of Wuhan, the site of an epidemic caused by a new virus, state television said on Thursday.

Domestic and international airlines have cancelled flights between Wuhan and overseas cities since Jan. 23, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

The aviation authority also asked the airlines not to stop healthy Wuhan residents from boarding flights.