US airlines push for more concessions from China, while ban is reviewed

World | 5 Jun 2020 9:51 am

The U.S. Transportation Department plans to issue a revised order in the coming days that is likely to allow some Chinese passenger airline flights to continue, government and airline officials said, CNBC reports.

On Thursday, China said it would ease coronavirus restrictions to allow more foreign carriers to fly to the mainland, shortly after Washington said it planned to bar Chinese passenger airlines from flying to the United States by June 16 due to Beijing’s restrictions on U.S. airlines.

The announcement should allow U.S. carriers to resume once-a-week flights into a city of their choosing starting on June 8.

The Transportation Department did not immediately comment.

Bloomberg reports that US carriers objected to China’s plan to ease its ban on foreign airlines starting June 8.

“While the Chinese response to the Department of Transportation is a step toward parity for U.S. carriers, more is needed to achieve the goals of the agreement,” the trade group Airlines for America said in a statement Thursday.

Flights between the two countries are governed by an agreement first signed in 1980. The U.S. Transportation Department said it is reviewing China’s response to determine if it needs to take additional action, spokesman Andy Post said Thursday. The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

CGTN reported the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying  that the  civil aviation regulator has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. Transportation Department.

Spokesperon Zhao Lijian said the CAAC is making solemn representations with the U.S. Transportation Department, expressing the hope that the U.S. side would not create obstacles for both parties to solve the problem.


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