As China sees first signs of recovery, flights return. But who will fly?
By Chris McGinnis, SFGATE and Tim Jue
Updated 1:36 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
An Air China 747 lumbers through SFO. The Chinese national carrier will resume more nonstop flights this month.
While most U.S. airlines are cutting flights to historically low numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic, three mainland Chinese carriers plan to resume non-stop flights to San Francisco International Airport this month, a move SFO officials said “marks a hopeful change in direction.”
The resumption of flights is one of several early signs that the worst could be over in China, meaning the crisis will eventually come to an end here, too.
China Eastern will resume a daily non-stop flight this month between its hub in Shanghai and San Francisco using a Boeing 777-300ER jet. Flights are expected to start on Saturday, March 28