Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Shanghai, China Eastern has been temporarily allowed to extend its shift of its New York-Shanghai flights to another airport.

According to a report from Reuters, the Shanghai-based airline received approval from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) on Friday (May 6) to extend the shift of its flights departing for New York to land in Fuzhou through May 31.

China Eastern operates twice weekly flights between New York-JFK and Shanghai-Pudong.

The extension comes after the initial approval for the switch which was effective through the end of April.

In the filing, China Eastern said in the filing "due to evolving coronavirus pandemic control measures in the Shanghai region," Chinese aviation regulators had instructed it "to divert Shanghai-bound passenger flights arriving from the U.S. to certain alternate airports in China."

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