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Delta cites new China Covid rules after flight returns to US

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New York (AFP) – Delta Air Lines on Monday cited new Chinese cleaning requirements after it rerouted a China-bound flight back to the United States, drawing criticism from Chinese authorities. The December 21 flight was supposed to land in Shanghai after disembarking from Seattle, but instead returned to the US city midair. Delta said the reason for the reversal was new Chinese requirements issued earlier that day in the wake of the latest Covid-19 surge. “The new cleaning procedures require significantly extended ground time and are not operationally viable for Delta,” a Delta spokesman said….

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