In tit-for-tat move, US suspends 4 Chinese airlines in Omicron row

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In tit-for-tat move, US suspends 4 Chinese airlines in Omicron row

 In tit-for-tat move, US suspends 4 Chinese airlines in Omicron row
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Highlights

  • The US has suspended 44 China-bound flights from the US by Chinese carriers.
  • Xiamen Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China will stop flights from the US, starting January 30.
  • The department will revisit its action if China revises its policies towards US carriers.

 

The US on Friday said it would suspend 44 China-bound flights from the US by Chinese carriers after Beijing suspended several American carriers over Omicron concerns.

The US Transportation Department said it is suspending China-bound flights of Xiamen Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China from January 30.   

The move comes after Beijing suspended dozens of US-bound flights of United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines from China after a few passengers tested positive for Covid. 

The department said China’s unilateral action against the US carriers are “inconsistent” with the bilateral agreement and need remedial action.  

France and Germany also had banned some flights from China. 

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In tit-for-tat move, US to suspend 44 Chinese carriers over Omicron

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Flight Restrictions for Covid

The transportation department said it is ready to revisit the action if China revises its policies towards the US carriers. The department reserves the right to take additional measures if more US flights are cancelled.

In September, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) had restricted international trips to around 200 flights per week. Since December, it scrapped more flights after the surge in Omicron cases in the US.

In tit-for-tat move, US suspends 4 Chinese airlines in Omicron row

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 Before the latest cancellations, the three US airlines and four Chinese carriers had operated 20 flights per week between the two countries. In contrast, both sides had flown 100 flights per week before the pandemic. 

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