In the latest air travel developments, United and other carriers are planning to revive service to China from San Francisco and other gateways following that country’s decision to drop its most onerous entry restrictions; the U.S. and other nations impose new testing requirements on all travelers coming from China; American Express reopens its Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International after four months of renovations and expansion; Delta rolls out free Wi-Fi for all passengers next month; Southwest struggles to atone for its massive holiday operational blowout as it faces tough scrutiny from the Transportation Department and hearings in Congress; there’s domestic route news this week from United, Southwest, Alaska and Frontier; and Los Angeles International has a new sundries store that eliminates standing in line to pay for purchases.
After three years of extremely tough pandemic-related entry restrictions for international travelers, China is finally starting to reopen following its government’s decision last month to drop its controversial “Zero COVID” policy. As a result, United and other airlines are preparing to revive suspended routes into China — including some from San Francisco.
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