WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- As cases in China are nearing a halt while the number of cases in the US is surging, Chinese nationals in the US are scrambling to fly home — even if they have to shell out over $20,000 dollars to get on a private jet.
- Flying home via commercial flights have been difficult since Beijing has started rerouting overseas flights.
- While multiple US states enforce quarantines, the lockdown has been lifted in Wuhan, the pandemic’s origin point, as new infections fell to zero.
The global coronavirus situation seems to have taken a turn.
Just last month, governments all over the world — including the United States, have scrambled to help their citizens get out of China as COVID-19 rapidly spread.
But now, cases in China are nearing a halt while the number of cases in the US is surging.
And wealthy Chinese students are scrambling to escape the US — even if they have to shell out over $20,000 dollars to get on a private jet.
Jeff Song, a lawyer from Shanghai, told Reuters how his daughter, a Wisconsin high school student, preferred a way out of the US over $25,460.
Song’s daughter had replied, “No, Papa, I don’t want the money, I want to go home.”
Glenn Phillips, PR manager for the US-based Air Charter Service, said that they are arranging fleets of private jets that’ll fly worried Chinese nationals home.
The flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai will cost up to $23,000 — with the price still subject to change, “greatly depending on the positioning of the aircraft on the dates and time requested, and the exact route.”
Paramount Business Jets have also had inquiries going “through the roof,” CEO Richard Zaher told AFP. Zaher said flight reservations have increased by about 20 to 25 percent.
But after the number of coronavirus cases in China is increasing again due to Chinese citizens returning home from the US and Europe, Beijing has started rerouting overseas flights. According to aviation database Variflight, 3,102 out of 3,800 planned commercial flights to and from China were scrapped on Tuesday.
Private plane wingmen are now trying to fly under the Chinese travel authorities’ radar by using aircraft from other countries or arranging transfers in Japan, according to Reuters.
Annelies Garcia, commercial director for private jet booking firm PrivateFly, told the Independent that American educators have started to help the Chinese students look for a “group together to arrange a private charter.”
US cases have now soared to above 60,000, according to Worldmeter, prompting multiple states to enforce quarantines. Meanwhile, the lockdown has been lifted in Wuhan, the pandemic’s origin point, as new infections fell to zero.
Source: New York Post