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U.S Department of transportation suspending the scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United
States from June 16, 2020.
The decision comes in response to a similar ban by the Chinese government effectively prevented American airlines from resuming flights to their country.
At the start of the pandemic, all American Airlines suspended their flights to China due to COVID-19 concerns. However, Chinese airlines continued to fly into United States throughout the pandemic.
Delta and United Airlines officially requested China to allow them to resume their flights to China from 1st June, but the permission was not granted.
In response, the Trump Administration pulled the trigger on the ban all Chinese carriers entering the United States.
“The Department [of Transportation] will continue to engage our Chinese counterparts so both U.S. and Chinese carriers can fully exercise their bilateral rights,” the DOT 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.”