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Trump administration to ban Chinese airlines from flying to U.S.

Trump administration to ban Chinese airlines from flying to U.S.”

The DoT has permitted China two weekly flights to the US.

There are now 152 flights scheduled from China to the United States in June, including 92 on United Airlines and the remainder on Chinese carriers, and 2,118 in July, according to aviation data provider Cirium.

Why it matters: Heated tensions between Washington and Beijing are now beginning to impact the airline industry, as the DOT has accused the Chinese government of preventing USA airlines from resuming flights to China after suspending them earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, four Chinese Airlines flights fly between the U.S. and China.

The announcement followed the United States' decision to ban Chinese carriers from entering the US starting June 16, a move made in retribution to a similar move made by China.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said Thursday that USA carriers may now fly once a week to a list of approved Chinese cities starting from June 8. China recently paused some agriculture imports after President Donald Trump threatened steps against Hong Kong.

In May, 84 flights flew from China to the United States, down 95 per cent from 2019.

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This order now gives American carriers the near-exclusive right to fly to China. The U.S. government eventually imposed some travel restrictions.

The latest airline spat occurred after China's aviation authority chose to impose a limit on foreign airlines based on their activity as of March 12, since the United States had suspended all flights on that date their cap was set at zero, while Chinese carriers' continued their flights to the US. United Airlines Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., and American Airlines Group Inc. all stopped flying to China in February as the pandemic erupted.

While the latest US government order contains sharp criticism of China, its impact is effectively the same as the one issued Wednesday. If no incoming passengers related to a certain airline's operations test positive for the novel coronavirus for three consecutive weeks, that airline will be able to increase their weekly flights to two.

The various restrictions outlined by China on Thursday for a resumption of flights by US companies are onerous. As such, the DoT has said that it is open to revising this new regulation pending alterations on China's side. In addition, provincial authorities would also have some authority over flight approval.

The order was to "restore a competitive balance and fair and equal opportunity among USA and Chinese air carriers", it said.

The agency said its "overriding goal is not the perpetuation of this situation".

The Trump administration protested that China's refusal to grant access to US airlines was unfair.



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