January 30, 2020 / 8:11 AM / a month ago

China says it is confident of minimizing virus transmission risks on planes

Passengers wearing masks are seen at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is confident it can minimize the risks of a new virus being transmitted on airplanes, and the small number of cases reported abroad show it is having success in controlling its spread, an official at the civil aviation authority said.

Zhu Tao, a director at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, also told reporters during a briefing on the outbreak that foreign airlines which have canceled flights to China are responding to a change in market conditions.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill

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