Trump administration denies Chinese airlines entry into U.S.

Starting June 16, Chinese carriers, like Air China, are not allowed to fly into the U.S. until further notice ©AirTeamImages

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump wants to ban Chinese airlines from flying passengers to the United States until further notice. The regulation is to take effect on June 16, the US Department of Transportation announced. The retaliatory measure applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines Holding.

The U.S. accuses China of preventing American airlines from resuming air traffic to the People’s Republic. The airlines had suspended all passenger flights to China of their own accord in February because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, companies such as Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are pressing for the resumption of connections, based on fundamental agreements between the two countries and pointing out that Chinese airlines have continued their flights to the U.S. even during the corona crisis.

The pandemic has led to increased tension between the United States and the People’s Republic. U.S. President Trump accuses China of a cover-up tactic in the outbreak of the corona virus.

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