Washington has accused Beijing of obstructing American carriers from reopening flights to China, prompting U.S. authorities to oversee Chinese airlines.
The tight-for-tat began last week after the U.S. Department of Transportation claimed that Beijing regulators were making it “impossible” for U.S. carriers to move between the two countries.
The problem facing the U.S. carrier is that the CAAC, in an effort to close the imported cases of Covid-19, commands all airlines to schedule their flights as a benchmark for 16-22 weeks to determine how many flights they can operate. China until further notice. To date, US airlines have “completely shut down passenger services to China,” according to the Department of Transportation.
The number of newly reported viruses in China is very low in number and the majority of those who return to the country from elsewhere. There are growing fears among the public that allowing the resumption of large international flights could lead to new cases in China – especially in countries such as the United States, where the death toll alone is close to one million and more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.
The U.S. agency said CAAC United and Delta did not respond to requests for a resumption of operations.
Meanwhile, several Chinese airlines have flown on US-China routes throughout the epidemic. But the Chinese aviation regulator has restricted each of them to operating flights to the United States for only one week.
The Chinese aviation regulator told U.S. officials that they were considering removing the March benchmark, but that the cap on a weekly flight to China would also be imposed on U.S. airlines. This would violate the air transport agreement between the two countries.
In response, the Department of Transportation issued an order on Friday that Chinese airlines must submit flight schedules to the U.S. government for flights to the United States. Details including the type of equipment used, frequency of each flight, delivery to specific airports at each airport and arrival and departure times.
Upon submission of this statement, the department will then determine that flights in accordance with the orders may be “contrary to applicable law or adversely affect the public interest.” Chinese carriers, including Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines, have until Wednesday to submit information.
On Monday, Beijing condemned the new sanctions.
“China opposes any move by the United States to disrupt or restrict normal commercial passenger flights of Chinese carriers,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing.
Zhao also opposed Washington’s claim that the United States was barring carriers from operating in China, adding that the country’s arrangements were “open, fair and transparent.”
As part of the requirements of U.S. airlines, CAAC also wants any passenger arriving on their flight for Kerid-19 to test positive for China’s Covid-19, but those carriers want to accept responsibility for what they did not have the right to talk about. The record was known. This will violate the air transport agreements of the countries.
In addition, Chinese carriers have applied for an unprecedented number of passenger charters – more than a dozen each week, the man said. These charters are being organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the repatriation of Chinese students.
But flights are also carrying Chinese commercial passengers to the United States and the United States, the man said. U.S. carriers have been told that only Chinese airlines are eligible to provide the repatriation service, the man said.
United declined to comment. “When the regulatory environment allows us to do that, the airline expects to resume passenger flights between the United States and China,” said Leslie Scott, a spokeswoman for United.
Delta did not respond to a request for comment.
China is an important international market According to John Grant, an analyst at the aircraft analysis firm OAG, for both U.S. aircraft,
Last May, China was United’s sixth largest international market and Delta the ninth largest international market, based on the proposed seats, Grant said. In terms of overall capacity, however, China represents less than 1% of the carrier’s total network, as domestic aircraft make up the bulk of their business.
Nonetheless, “the recovery of the Kovid-19 is important from the point of view of any passenger and freight gain access to China, and another major catalyst for the resumption of global trade,” Grant said.