Trump administration to bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to United States

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

The order also states that the three USA carriers which suspended their service to China in February (American, United, Delta) had hoped to resume service to the country in June, but those that submitted applications to the Civil Aviation Authority of China (Delta, United) had not been approved.

The move, announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, penalizes China for failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two countries. U.S.

Relations between the two countries have also soured in recent months amid escalating tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

This ban is planned to go into effect on June 16, the US Transportation Department revealed on Wednesday.

The Department of Transportation said the order had effectively stopped United States airlines from flying to China.


The order applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines Holding.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the news service.

News of the ban comes almost two weeks after The Trump administration reportedly accused China of blocking us passenger flights into the country amid coronavirus restrictions.

Delta originally sought to resume China flights on June 1 but has had to delay because the Chinese government hasn't approved its application.

The move ramps up tensions between the US and China, adding to disputes over trade, the coronavirus pandemic and the treatment of Hong Kong.


In January, American carriers began drawing down their scheduled U.S.

"We conclude that these circumstances require the Department's action to restore a competitive balance and fair and equal opportunity among United States and Chinese air carriers", the Department of Transportation said. That fell to only 20 per week by four Chinese carriers by mid-February, according to the DOT.

Both Delta and United have put in requests to resume a limited number of nonstop flights to China. -China flights, as did most Chinese carriers.

US officials repeatedly raised objections to China's civil aviation authority, including on a May 14 call, but the authority said in a letter on May 25 suggesting the notice won't be altered. Before the pandemic, United operated a twice-daily nonstop flight from San Francisco to Shanghai, supported by tech company Apple which bought 50 business-class tickets per day for the route.

The Transportation Department said that China was violating an agreement between the two countries covering flights by each other's airlines.


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