US plans to ban flights of Chinese airlines

US, NEW YORK (ORDO NEWS) — Washington plans to introduce a ban on passenger flights of Chinese airlines to the United States from June 16, Reuters reports citing sources.

Earlier, US authorities accused the Chinese government of preventing the resumption of US flights to the country after a reduction in the number of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the agency, this decision will be officially announced on Wednesday, June 3. According to sources, the ban should enter into force on June 16, but the date may be shifted.

In late January, amid the spread of COVID-19, US authorities banned the entry of citizens of several countries who had visited China two weeks before, but did not impose any restrictions on Chinese airlines.

In February, most American carriers voluntarily decided to suspend all passenger flights to China, and by the middle of the month the number of flights between the two countries had dropped to 20, only Chinese airlines performed them.

Later, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), as part of the prevention of coronavirus infection, demanded that all Chinese airlines keep only one route with each country and operate no more than one flight per week, and all foreign carriers to carry out no more flights than March 12.

However, the US Department of Transportation said that since all US airlines had stopped flying to China by March 12, this requirement “actually prevents the resumption of regular passenger flights to China.” The ministry noted that in June, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines want to resume flights to China.

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