The US plans to ban Chinese passenger airlines from operating flights to the US starting in mid-June, according to a report from Reuters. The move, which is set to be announced on Wednesday, comes after the US Department of Transportation blamed China for preventing US carriers from resuming flights to the country. The accusation came amid escalating tensions between the two countries.
Delta and United are both seeking to resume China flights, after suspending them due to low demand at the height of the pandemic.
According to CNN, on May 22, the US began requiring Chinese airlines to file flight applications with the Department of Transportation in retaliation for the restriction against US airlines. Once applications were submitted, the US stated that it would assess whether the flights “may be contrary to applicable law or adversely affect the public interest.” Beijing denounced the restrictions.
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