U.S. Scraps Ban on Chinese Airlines, Limits Weekly Flights to Two
What’s New: The Trump administration Friday scrapped a plan to bar all passenger flights operated by Chinese carriers into the U.S. after China relaxed restrictions on international flights.
However, Chinese airlines will be limited to two round-trip scheduled passenger flights to the U.S. each week, according to an order issued by U.S. Department of Transportation. That’s half their current number of flights under schedules that have been slashed during the pandemic.
The U.S. reversed a June 3 ban on all Chinese passenger flights after China’s civil aviation regulator backed down on international flight restrictions for virus control.
The Transport Department said the revision is “to restore a competitive balance and fair and equal opportunity among U.S. and Chinese air carriers in the scheduled passenger service marketplace.”
Background: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said Thursday it would allow foreign airlines that previously operated flights to China but are now barred under virus control measures to resume limited service.
The previous day, the Trump administration said all Chinese airlines would be barred from operating flights to the U.S. effective June 16 or sooner after major American airlines failed to obtain approval to resume service to China.
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