Chinese Airlines Banned From Flying To The United States
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Chinese passenger carriers will be banned from flying to the United States as of June 16th, 2020. The move comes as a response from China not allowing U.S. carriers to resume flights to China.
The U.S. Government has grown tired of waiting for the Chinese Government to approve U.S. airlines return to China, and is now applying pressure on their government by banning the Chinese flights to the U.S.
When the pandemic began, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines each suspended their routes to China due to safety and health concerns. While U.S. airlines ceased flying, the Chinese airlines continued to operate their flights to the United States.
Delta Airlines and United Airlines each asked China to allow the resumption of flights as of June 1st, 2020, however the request was denied and the Trump Administration moved forward on the Chinese airline ban.
The U.S. ban applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines.
The ban could begin sooner than June 16th if President Trump wishes to enact it sooner, however, the two week window was given to hopefully allow both sides to come to an agreement prior to taking effect.
In response to the President’s ban threat, Delta Airlines issued a thank you to the government.