CHINA Charter flight brings migrant workers from southern Xinjiang back to work


Charter flight brings migrant workers from southern Xinjiang back to work


17:16, February 27, 2020

URUMQI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- A charter flight Wednesday brought 135 migrant workers from Akqi County, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, to resume work in the city of Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province.

The cabin was disinfected strictly, with temperature detection required for all before boarding the plane, according to Song Lijun, captain of the flight operated by Urumqi Air.

"Passengers and cabin crew wore masks, and disinfection wipes were also available, to minimize the risk of the virus spread during the flight," Song said.

The migrant workers took chartered buses to go back to the Sunra Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. after arriving in Wuxi and will return to work after quarantine.

"While strengthening epidemic prevention and control, we are making every effort to resume production," said Chen Kaiya, head of the company's office of the board of directors.

"Knowing that employees in Xinjiang can't return to work due to long journey and relevant prevention measures, we communicate with local authorities and airlines, and applied for the special flight to take the employees back," Chen said.

Most of these employees are from poverty-stricken households. Since 2014, Sunra started to join Wuxi's pairing-up poverty alleviation project with the Akqi County in southern Xinjiang, according to the company.

So far, the company has received more than 500 Xinjiang employees and trained them into modernized industrial workers, helping lift them out of poverty.


(Photo: VCG)

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