Chinese airlines may double their flights to the USA

Johanna Koyser
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The political relationship between the US and China has been tense for some time. Travellers who have to fly from one country to the other for professional reasons, for example, are often powerless in aviation. After all, in the end it is often the governments that can decide on air connections. Here again, that is the case. Just two months ago, the American President Donald Trump threatened to ban all Chinese airlines from flying into the USA. Now the situation has eased somewhat.

Last Tuesday, the US Department of Transportation announced further easing of restrictions on air traffic between China and the United States. Now, the operating Chinese airlines will be allowed to double their flights. While four flights were formerly allowed, each Chinese airline is now allowed to operate up to eight. The companies affected include Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. Until recently, they all flew to the USA only once a week.

Just over a week ago, there were already easements in the opposite constellation. Since then, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) has allowed US airlines twice as many flights. In response, United Airlines announced that it would now offer four flights a week from San Francisco to Shanghai. Delta, the second US airline flying to China, is planning another flight each from Seattle and Detroit to Shanghai.

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by Johanna Koyser

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