China ordered the suspension of dozens of scheduled flights from the United States (US) in recent weeks after many passengers tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in China.
China’s aviation regulator has required the cancellation of a total of eight US passenger airline flights to Shanghai under the COVID-19 pandemic rules. The eight flights consisted of four flights operated by United Airlines and two each from Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
Delta said it canceled flights from Detroit to Shanghai last Friday and next Friday due to a Beijing rule requiring “all affected airlines,” whose passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, “to cancel incoming services on certain flights. to China.”
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has also canceled at least 22 other US-bound flights operated by Chinese airlines since December after testing positive for COVID-19, including eight by China Southern Airlines Co.
The US is facing a spike in the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 and as of Monday (10/1) there were 132,646 people hospitalized, surpassing the record 132,051 set in January 2021. The average number of new cases over a seven-day period has doubled. in the last 10 days to 704,000.
The US is facing a spike in the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 and as of Monday (10/1) there were 132,646 people hospitalized, surpassing the record 132,051 set in January 2021. The seven-day average for new cases has doubled in 10 days. the last to be 704,000.
United said it was forced to cancel flights from San Francisco to Shanghai scheduled for January 15, 19, 22 and 26. The Chicago-based airline flies from San Francisco to Shanghai four times a week.
US-China Air Service
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, China and the US have been arguing over air service.
In August, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) restricted four flights from the Chinese carrier to 40 percent passenger capacity for four weeks after Beijing imposed the same limit on four United Airlines flights.
China told United in August that it was imposing restrictions on some flights after accusing five passengers traveling from San Francisco to Shanghai of testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21.
USDOT said in August that China’s policy “placed undue blame on carriers with respect to travelers who tested positive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in China.”
The department said operators “do not have the means to independently verify the positive test results alleged by the Chinese authorities.”
The longstanding US-China air agreement allows the countries to operate more than 100 weekly flights between the two countries, but only a fraction of that number is currently still in operation.
Former US President Donald Trump in January 2020 barred virtually all non-US citizens who had been in China in the past 14 days from traveling to the US.
President Joe Biden in November lifted travel restrictions to China for fully vaccinated tourists. [ah/rs]