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China’s ninth-busiest airport for cargo is still facing large numbers of flight cancellations following an outbreak of Covid in the city of Xi’an.

The government imposed a strict lockdown in mid-December and has, since, cut off most transport to the city, including flights.

According to Flightradar24, some 104 aircraft are on the ground at Xi’an Airport, where China Eastern is the largest operator with a near-35% market share. Last year Russian express carrier Atran announced it was launching flights to the city.

While the outbreak is said to be levelling off in the capital of Shaanxi province, other parts of China have also been affected by the virus, with restrictions at Ningbo port expected to be a “pain in the bottom”, according to one forwarder.

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