“Responding to the failure of the Government of the People's Republic of China to permit U.S. carriers to exercise the full extent of their bilateral right to conduct scheduled passenger air services to and from China, is suspending the scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States,” the DOT stated.
On March 26, as part of its measures to prevent new imported COVID-19 cases, China issued regulations that reduced foreign flights to one a week per country.
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Later, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines pressed China to recover their routes without success because the Chinese authorities have not approved the resumption of operations.
According to the U.S. government, however, this decision violates a 1980 bilateral agreement that establishes the right for companies to operate different services in their territories.
“U.S. carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1. The Chinese government’s failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement,” the DOT argued, as reported by 1470 WJDJ.