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U.S. suspends 44 U.S flights by Chinese carriers after China action

Stock MarketsJan 21, 2022 10:45PM ET
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government said on Friday it would suspend 44 China-bound flights from the United States by four Chinese carriers in response to the Chinese government's decision to suspend some U.S. carrier flights over COVID-19 concerns.

The suspensions will begin on Jan. 30 with Xiamen Airlines’ scheduled Los Angeles-to-Xiamen flight and run through March 29, the Transportation Department said.

The decision will cut some flights by Xiamen, Air China (OTC:AIRYY), China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA).

Since Dec. 31, Chinese authorities have suspended 20 United Airlines, 10 American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and 14 Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) flights, after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19. As recently as Tuesday, the Transportation Department said the Chinese government had announced new U.S. flight cancellations.

Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said Friday the policy for international passenger flights entering China has "been applied equally to Chinese and foreign airlines in a fair, open and transparent way."

He called the U.S. move "very unreasonable" and added "We urge the U.S. side to stop disrupting and restricting the normal passenger flights" by Chinese airlines."

Airlines for America, a trade group representing the three U.S. carriers affected by China's move along with others, said it supported Washington's action "to ensure the fair treatment of U.S. airlines in the Chinese market."

The Transportation Department said France and Germany have taken similar action against China’s COVID-19 actions. It said China's suspension of the 44 flights "are adverse to the public interest and warrant proportionate remedial action." It added that China's "unilateral actions against the named U.S. carriers are inconsistent" with a bilateral agreement.

China has also suspended numerous U.S. flights by Chinese carriers after passengers later tested positive.

The department said it was prepared to revisit its action if China revised its "policies to bring about the necessary improved situation for U.S. carriers." It warned that if China cancels more flights, "we reserve the right to take additional action."

China has all but shut its borders to travelers, cutting total international flights to just 200 a week, or 2% of pre-pandemic levels, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in September.

The number of U.S. flights being scrapped has surged since December, as infections caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus soared to record highs in the United States.

Beijing and Washington have sparred over air services since the start of the pandemic. In August, the U.S. Transportation Department limited four flights from Chinese carriers to 40% passenger capacity for four weeks after Beijing imposed identical limits on four United Airlines flights.

Before the recent cancellations, three U.S. airlines and four Chinese carriers were operating about 20 flights a week between the countries, well below the figure of more than 100 per week before the pandemic.

U.S. suspends 44 U.S flights by Chinese carriers after China action
 

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Lubosi Maboshe
Lubosi Maboshe Jan 23, 2022 12:31AM ET
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The transport Industry is the united states back up from the falling oil prices. China is ***US exports.. to favor its importation from China. Look if more flights from China are coming to US.. it means China is making more 💰 money from the trade. Compared to US.. and guess what 💶 Euro is in bed with the China Government.What USA needs to do is hedge against the falling Oil prices. Because the next Crash Wont Be pretty. I mean from 30 Jan.. to March!! ⚠ Thats 2months!
Marco Bustamante
Marco Bustamante Jan 22, 2022 5:09AM ET
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Are they gonna canceled the Winter Olympics games 2022?
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jan 22, 2022 5:09AM ET
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All athletes must go to the sea, or just walk.
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eduard glib Jan 22, 2022 5:09AM ET
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eduard glib Jan 22, 2022 5:09AM ET
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:))))
Chinsect Stomper
Chinsect Stomper Jan 22, 2022 5:09AM ET
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I hope so.
Martijn WN
Speculeerbeer Jan 22, 2022 3:00AM ET
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This is so infantile.
Chad RicherThanYou
Chad RicherThanYou Jan 22, 2022 2:32AM ET
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USA desperate to look relevant on the world stage
Aleksandr Radchenko
Aleksandr Radchenko Jan 22, 2022 1:40AM ET
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Monday: Oil 70$ or 30$?
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patricio Silva Jan 22, 2022 1:40AM ET
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Zero
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"China has all but shut its borders to travelers, cutting total international flights to just 200 a week, or 2% of pre-pandemic levels, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in September." 2%. Only 2%. 100$? Ahaha!!!
Arno Pfohl
JackR3acher Jan 22, 2022 12:45AM ET
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way to exacerbate the crash well done US government.. your leaders know exactly what they are doing..
Khaled Sedigh
Khaled Sedigh Jan 22, 2022 12:10AM ET
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It's just political game, none of them cares about the safety of their people.
jiaming wang
jiaming wang Jan 21, 2022 11:19PM ET
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looks like US government try to prevent US COVID flowing into China
John Laurens
John Laurens Jan 21, 2022 11:19PM ET
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you mean the virus china dumped on the world? that one?
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The Chinese government is very efficient at carrying out a very carefully planned cover-up, of any major live threating screwup, that might cause them political embarrassment, and the loss of face and the show of total incompetence.
Chandra paul
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They should block all chinese plastic stuffs dumping into usa , except corona their allProducts are short living
 
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