America Backs Down, Allows Chinese Airlines Landing Permit
The United States of America government has backed down from a ban threat issued to Chinese airlines saying the airlines will now be given limited of flights to the U.S
The decision came one day after China appeared to open the door to U.S. carriers United Airlines and Delta Air Lines resuming one flight per week each into the country.
The Transportation Department said it will let Chinese passenger airlines fly a combined total of two round-trip flights per week between the U.S. and China, which it said would equal the number of flights that China’s aviation authority will allow for U.S. carriers.
Delta praised the U.S. government for trying to “ensure fairness and access to China.” United said it was reviewing the matter.
Neither said whether the latest development in the dispute between the two countries would affect their plans. Both had hoped to offer more flights.
The Transportation Department said it might further ease restrictions if China does the same. Officials are concerned, however, about conditions China is imposing that could affect whether U.S. airlines resume their flights.
Those requirements include taking temperatures of all passengers in mid-flight and suspending an airline’s future flights if five or more passengers test positive for the coronavirus after arriving in China.
China’s embassy in Washington did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The dispute between Washington and Beijing over airline service has been building for weeks and is part of broader trade and diplomatic tension between the world’s two biggest economies.