As COVID-19 infection rates begin to fall in China, the country's airlines are stepping up their efforts to revive the economy by providing government and businesses with chartered and scheduled flights needed to resume work and production.

According to the BBC, infection rates in China appear to be slowing, with 508 new infections reported on February 24 and the bulk of the new cases in Wuhan. The death toll in China rose by 71 to 2,663 on that day, with more than 77,000 people in the country now infected, and over 80,000 worldwide.

Among the Chinese carriers resuming some of their pre-crisis schedules is Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen). So far, the airline has restarted more than 2,600 flights from the southwest, northwest, and northeast of China to the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions. On February 22, it added 600 flights from Shenzhen to Xi'an Xianyang, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Mianyang, Nanchang and other destinations, according to a guest announcement on the airline's website. It will also resume operations of nearly 2,000 flights within the 21 days from February 24 to March 15. The airline is also making its aircraft available for charter to local businesses needing to return their employees to the right location.

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) will also resume sections of its network, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. On February 24, the carrier resumed more than 450 flights to domestic cities including Beijing Capital, Shanghai Hongqiao, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. It too has been undertaking charter flights for government and business customers.

Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) has also recommenced a raft of services, with more than 1,300 flights being added back to the airline's schedule, according to the Zhenjiang Hotline publication. As of February 25, the airline has operated 47 flights to aid the resumption of work and production, transporting more than 5,000 migrant workers home. The airline intends to operate charter flights from Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming Changshui, Guiyang, Lanzhou and other places.

As developments unfold and more carriers resume normal operations, so this article will be updated.

Editorial Comment: This article was updated on February 28 to include Xiamen Airlines. - 28.02.2020 - 14:04 UTC