Trump to ban Chinese airline flights to US from June 6

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Published: June 4,2020 09:34 AM
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June 3, 2020: Amid escalating trade and travel tensions, the Donald Trump administration on Wednesday moved to block Chinese airlines from flying to the US.

June 3, 2020: Amid escalating trade and travel tensions, the Donald Trump administration on Wednesday moved to block Chinese airlines from flying to the US.



The decision comes on the backdrop of China not letting United Airlines and Delta Air Lines resume flights this week to the country after operations were suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Reportedly, the Transportation Department said it would suspend passenger flights of four Chinese airlines to and from the United States starting June 16.



The suspension order takes effect June 16, but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, the statement said.



The move is the latest in an escalation of tensions between the U.S. and China, which has included disputes over trade, the coronavirus pandemic and the treatment of Hong Kong.



US air carriers sharply reduced or suspended service to China amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but United and Delta submitted applications at the beginning of May to resume flights and have been unable to receive authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), DoT said.



Coming at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, the latest spat centers partially on the CAAC deciding to determine its limit on foreign airlines based on their activity on March 12.



But US carriers by then had suspended all flights due to the pandemic - meaning their cap was calculated to be zero - while Chinese-flagged flights continued.



The Transportation Department said that China was violating an agreement between the two countries covering flights by each other’s airlines. The order allows Chinese carriers to operate one flight to the US for each flight that nation grants to American carriers, the agency said.