September 20, 2021

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The United States and China have begun air warfare, affecting air traffic on both sides

The United States and China have begun air warfare, affecting air traffic on both sides


In retaliation for the action taken by China in early August, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has been restricting the number of passengers on Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and several flights operated by Xiamen Airlines for more than four weeks. .

The move comes after China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) imposed restrictions on United Airlines, following the identification of positive cases of Covit-19 among U.S. airline passengers bound for Shanghai. As punishment, China gave United four options: cancel two flights on the route; Operate two aircraft without passengers; Or operate four international flights with a maximum passenger load factor of 40%. United chose the latter.

The U.S. response came on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, when the DOT collectively regulated communications over a four-week period, with each of the four Chinese carriers currently providing passenger services in China-US. Its planes.

The DOT argued that U.S. carriers should not be fined as a result of positive post-tests of passengers before departure and because they comply with all Chinese regulations relating to airline ethics.

He said he was pleased to see United Airlines’ move to seek justice in this important market. So it is with aviation Functional mode Both sides took on different economic issues. Keep in mind that China has not yet released the 737 MAX and it remains to be seen where this will go.


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