On June 3, Wednesday, the Trump administration moved to suspend all Chinese airlines which are flying to the US. This move took place considering an ongoing trade and travel tensions between US and China.
According to the Transportation Department, from June 16, it would block all passenger flights, belonging to 4 Chinese airlines, from entering and exiting the US.
The decision came up as China failed to resume United Airlines and Delta Airlines flights to China. Earlier this year, China blocked these airlines from into its premises due to the coronavirus pandemic started in China’s Wuhan province.
The Transportation Department said that China was violating an agreement between the two countries covering flights by each other’s airlines.
“The Department will continue to engage our Chinese counterparts so both US and Chinese carriers can fully exercise their bilateral rights,” the agency said in a statement.
“In the meantime, we will allow Chinese carriers to operate the same number of scheduled passenger flights as the Chinese government allows ours.”
According to the department, President Donald Trump will likely put this order into effect before June 16.
This order will affect four airlines, namely, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen airlines.
US Carriers Suspended Flights, Chinese Airlines Continue Flights
Before the arrival of the pandemic, there were 325 passenger flights in a week between the US and China.
As per the transportation department, while US carriers suspended their flights, Chinese airlines continue to fly for 20 times, each week.
This was in mid-February, and after that Chinese airlines increased its number to 34 flights a week by mid of March.
Last month, United and Delta made an announcement that they are hoping to resume their flights to China in June. This announcement came as, by mid-April, air travel has started recovering slightly. Moreover, America has not yet announced any of its plans to restart its service soon. But, in American’s schedule, flights are shown to resume in October.
Chicago-based United, Atlanta-based Delta and Fort Worth, Texas-based American did not immediately comment on the Transportation Department order.