By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US government late Friday accused the Chinese government of preventing US airlines from resuming flight to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to submit flight plans to the US government.
President Donald Trump’s government stopped imposing restrictions on Chinese carriers, but said talks with China had failed to bring an agreement.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, which is trying to persuade China to allow US passenger service to resume there, briefly postponed some Chinese charter flights earlier this week due to failure to comply with termination requirements.
In an order published on a US government website and viewed by Reuters, the department noted that Delta Air Lines and United Airlines plan to resume flights to China in June, despite the fact that Chinese airlines are canceling US flights during the COVID-19 pandemic continued.
The order said that Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp., China Southern Airlines Co., Hainan Airlines Holding Co., and their subsidiaries must submit flight schedules and other details of flights by May 27. The department warned that Chinese flights found “against applicable law or prejudicial” could affect public interest. “
United declined to comment. The other U.S. and Chinese carriers, the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) and the Chinese State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
The ministry said in a statement that it “protested the situation to the Chinese authorities and repeatedly objected to China’s failure to allow US carriers to exercise their rights fully, and the denial of their right to give US carriers a fair and equitable basis.” Base to compete with Chinese carriers “and called the situation” critical “.
On January 31, the US government prohibited most non-US citizens from entering the country who had been in China for the past 14 days but did not impose restrictions on Chinese flights. Major U.S. airlines voluntarily decided to discontinue all passenger flights to China in February.
Delta and United fly cargo flights to China. Delta had requested approval for a daily flight from Detroit and Seattle to Shanghai Pudong Airport, while United had asked to fly daily from San Francisco and Newark near New York and between San Francisco and Beijing to Shanghai Pudong.
The number of weekly scheduled scheduled flights operated by US and Chinese airlines between the two countries decreased from 325 in January to 20 only from the four Chinese airlines in mid-February before the airlines increased them to 34 in mid-March. Order said.
The CAAC said at the end of March that Chinese airlines could only maintain one weekly passenger flight on a route to a particular country and that, under US regulations, airlines could not fly more than the number of flights they flew on March 12.
Since US passenger airlines had discontinued all flights by March 12, the CAAC release “effectively prevents US airlines from resuming scheduled passenger flights to China,” the department said.
CAAC informed the US government during a May 14 call that China was considering removing the March 12 requirement, but the “once-weekly service limit on a route to China would remain,” it said the command.
On Friday, the US Department of Commerce put 33 Chinese companies and institutions on an economic blacklist for alleged human rights violations to address US national security concerns about weapons of mass destruction and other military activities.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; additional reporting by Brenda Goh, Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo in Beijing and Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; editing by William Mallard)