Dhaka: The Department of Transportation of the United States of America on June 19 rejected the request of additional flights between the country and China made by the Chinese airlines, saying that they are trying to “maintain the parity” in scheduled flight services.
The Trump administration eased restrictions earlier this week to allow a total of four roundtrip flights between the US and China by Chinese airlines. This came after China said it would allow two US airlines - United Airlines and Delta Airlines - to make two round trip flights each weekly.
“That parity gives the carriers of each side the ability to operate four round-trip scheduled passenger operations each week,” the DOT said in its order.
The DOT added its rejection of additional flights on June 19 “should not be viewed as an escalation” and that the department is willing to revisit the action if Chinese authorities are willing to adjust their policies affecting US airlines.
Delta said it plans to soon operate flights from Detroit and Seattle to Shanghai via South Korea.
United Airlines said that the talks between the US and China are a good sign, but the airline is still developing plans.
“We welcome efforts to allow for resumption of our service between the US and China for the benefit of our customers,” United said in a statement. “United aims to re-launch its service to China in the weeks ahead.”
The DOT mentioned earlier this month that the ball is in China’s court.
“We will allow Chinese carriers to operate the same number of scheduled passenger flights as the Chinese government allows ours,” the administration said in a statement on June 3.