China eases restrictions on flights of foreign airlines

Beijing made concessions after the US announced a decision to ban all passenger flights from China from June 16.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced on Thursday, June 4 that it allows foreign airlines, including Americans, to increase the number of flights to China. This statement came after the decision of the United States on June 16 to ban four Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines from flying to the United States, as Beijing does not allow United Airlines and Delta Airlines to resume their flights.

The Washington-Beijing passenger air traffic dispute further exacerbated tensions between the two largest economies. The ban on flights by US airlines to China has been in effect since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, although Chinese airlines may fly to the United States.

This has led to allegations of China violating the 1980 air service agreement. Therefore, the US Department of Transportation announced that Chinese carriers will be allowed the same number of flights that Beijing has allowed US airlines.

According to the ministry, before the pandemic between the two countries, 325 flights per week were made. While U.S. carriers stopped flying, Chinese airlines increased U.S. flights from 20 per week to 34.

Several foreign airlines other than Americans have been able to make a maximum of one flight a week to China since March. Now the Chinese air regulator has allowed them to increase the number of flights up to two times a week. Other airlines are allowed to resume one flight a week from Monday, March 8, CAAS announced.

Certain conditions have been established for air transportation to China: if, after boarding, five infected passengers are detected on one flight, the airline’s flights should be suspended for one week. Ten cases of infection entail a suspension of four weeks.

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