China says it is confident of minimizing coronavirus risks on planes

People being screened at Singapore airport for coronavirus symptoms. (File photo: AFP)

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 cancelled flights to China are responding to a change in market conditions.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05