The US government on Wednesday said that it will suspend passenger airline flights from China if it doesn’t allow American carriers to reenter the dragon’s market, a financial news site reported. The site said that restrictions are expected to come into force from June 16 but it could be moved up by the president. The site quoting a source on condition of anonymity said that the action was in response to Beijing’s failure to permit US carriers from expanding service in Chinese airspace in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
American airlines Delta Air Lines and United Airlines had asked that flights to China be resumed although the Chinese carriers have continued to fly to the US during the pandemic, another agency reported. The order will impact Air China, China Southern Airlines Co, China Eastern Airlines Corp and Hainan Airlines Holding Co.
The site said that both the White House and Transportation Department had declined to comment and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond either. Trump had earlier accused China of making it impossible for US airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to file flight schedules with the US government.