Chinese Airlines Blocked into U.S.

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Update June 6, 2020

According to American Journal of Transportation, “China will ease a ban on flights to the country by foreign airlines on June 8, changing course a day after the Trump administration demanded the nation be reopened to U.S. carriers or face curbs on its own companies flying passengers to America.”

June 3, 2020

U.S. airlines, Delta and United, are both seeking the permission to resume flights back into China after suspending service earlier this year from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to put pressure on China to allow this to happen, the Trump Administration has announced it will ban scheduled Chinese passenger airlines, Air China Ltd., China Eastern Airlines Corp., China Southern Airlines Co. and Xiamen Airlines Co., into the United States starting June 16, 2020, or even earlier.

The Chinese aviation authorities have not yet approved Delta and United’s entry back into its country, but had originally said earlier this year they would allow the airlines to resume flights on June 1, 2020.

According to CNN, “The [Transportation] Department will continue to engage our Chinese counterparts so both U.S. and Chinese carriers can fully exercise their bilateral rights”….”In the meantime, we [The Transportation Department] will allow Chinese carriers to operate the same number of scheduled passenger flights as the Chinese government allows ours.”

Chinese Airlines blocked into U.S.

Air freight between the two countries has already been significantly impacted. Air freight rates are higher than normal as capacity remains low. The only way rates will go down is with added flights. If restrictions on air travel between U.S. and China remain high, rates on air cargo between the countries will remain high.

The American Journal of Transportation states, “[This] move ramps up tensions between the U.S. and China, adding to disputes over trade, the coronavirus pandemic and the treatment of Hong Kong. On Friday, Trump said that the U.S. would ‘begin the process’ of eliminating the policy exemptions that allow America to treat Hong Kong differently than the mainland. China’s leaders recently moved to impose sweeping new national security legislation on the Asian financial hub”…”The department on May 22 said China had violated a bilateral agreement allowing airline service between the two countries by failing to respond to requests by Delta and United. The department accused China of unfairly blocking the carriers’ attempts to resume service in that country.”

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