United States to Block Flights from Chinese Airlines
Travel tensions between China and the United States continue to rise. The Transportation Department has announced that Chinese airlines will be soon blocked from flying to the U.S.. The agency said it would suspend passenger flights of four Chinese airlines to and from the United States starting June 16. The department added that President Donald Trump could put the order into effect before June 16.
The decision comes after China’s failure to allow United Airlines and Delta Air Lines resume flights to China this month. The airlines suspended those flights earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Transportation Department said that China was violating an agreement between the two countries covering flights by each other’s airlines.
“The Department will continue to engage our Chinese counterparts so both U.S. and Chinese carriers can fully exercise their bilateral rights,” the agency said in a statement, as reported by AP. “In the meantime, we will allow Chinese carriers to operate the same number of scheduled passenger flights as the Chinese government allows ours.”
Before the coronavirus pandemic decimated travel demand around the world, there were about 325 passenger flights a week between the two countries. The four Chinese airlines affected by the order are Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.