When China-US general aviation is facing a total disruption, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Thursday (June 4) that it would allow more foreign airline flights to enter China. This is considered a positive response to the US announcement that it will ban Chinese flights from entering the US. The US government announced a day ago that it would restrict Chinese airline passengers from entering and leaving the US from June 16.
Due to the global epidemic of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the number of round-trip flights between China and the United States has decreased significantly-United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines flights to China have been suspended. However, Chinese airline flights are still entering and leaving the US border.
On March 26, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued the Notice on Continued Reduction of International Passenger Traffic During Epidemic Prevention and Control, abbreviated as five one policy, specifically: One airline can only navigate one country in one country. Waypoints can only fly once a week (one airline, one nation, one waypoint, one flight a week). The policy is based on the number of flights on March 12 (the 5th issue of international flight information release), and the flights are only reduced but not increased. The US airline has cut off the flight to China, which means that China and the US The only non-stop flights allowed between China Airlines and China Airlines will not be available.
According to statistics from the United States, there were about 325 round-trip flights between China and the United States every week in January of this year. This number dropped to about 34 at the end of March.
Increase foreign flights and implement flight rewards and penalties
A new notice published on the Civil Aviation Administration of China website states that from June 8th, all foreign airlines that are not included in the Phase 5 flight plan can choose a port with reception capability within the scope of the company’s operating license. The city operates one international passenger flight every week. This means that the benchmark for the number of flights on March 12 is invalidated, and foreign companies with previously grounded Chinese routes can resume flights to China.
However, the number of routes and the density of flights are still restricted by the five one policy, operating one international passenger flight per week.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China also announced flight incentives and fuse measures from June 8. Suppose the number of passengers with a positive nucleic acid test result after entering the airline is zero for three consecutive weeks. In that case, the number of additional flights can be increased to a maximum of 2 flights per week. For airlines on the same route, if the number of passengers with positive nucleic acid test results after entry reaches 5, the company will suspend the course for one week; if it comes 10, the company will stop the operation of the route for four weeks.
Washington threatens to ban all Chinese company flights.
The global pandemic of the new coronavirus continues. China’s enactment of the National Security Law in Hong Kong has caused China and the United States to have multiple games on related issues in recent weeks.
Washington has previously stated that it will continue to contact China about flight issues.
Wednesday (3rd), the US government announced that it would ban Chinese airline passengers from entering and leaving the United States from June 16. Tensions in the world’s top two economies have escalated once again, making the situation in China-US navigation difficult.
The ban will affect flights between China International Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines to and from China and the United States.
Since American Airlines has not yet resumed routes between China and the United States, all direct flights between China and the United States will be grounded if the no-fly order takes effect.
The no-fly order still requires official approval by US President Trump. He recently slammed China’s policies on the Hong Kong issue, intellectual property rights, and the new crown epidemic.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation stated that the ban was due to the Chinese government’s prohibition of American airlines from restarting flights to China.
The Chinese embassy in the United States did not immediately comment on the incident, but Beijing has previously expressed its opposition to the new aviation ban.
A fair and equal opportunity
As American Airlines grounded China in February due to the new crown epidemic, the US side protested that the policy prohibited all US passenger planes from traveling to China. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines previously applied for resumption, but they were not approved.
The US Department of Transportation stated that refusing the US application to restart flights violates the aviation agreement between the two countries in the 1980s.
The U.S. Department of Transportation also stated that the new policy maintains a competitive balance between Chinese and American flights and fair and equal opportunities. The department said, Our primary goal is not to make this a long-term situation, but to improve the environment. This implies that the US does not intend to ban Chinese flights for a long time but hopes to win concessions from China.
Delta Air Lines welcomes the latest statement from the US authorities. The airline’s statement said: We support and appreciate the US government actions, which exercise our rights and guarantee fairness.
Washington said that China had previously insisted that the five one policy was not unfair to all airlines.
Possible consequences of a total ban on flying
Some experts said that if the US aviation ban is implemented, it will cause harm to travel, trade, and other exchanges between China and the United States.
Daniel Kliman, director of the Asia-Pacific security program at the Center for a New American Security, said that from the perspective of the Sino-US trade war and the US’s attempt to restrict technology sales, we have China‘s’decoupling’.
This is a momentum that has been accumulating and accelerating.
He said that the breakdown of relations between China and the United States is already happening.
In recent weeks, China has gradually eased aviation restrictions in some countries, but it does not include the United States.
China Airlines currently maintains a small number of flights between China and the United States. These flights are usually hard to find and expensive. The economy class fare from the United States to China was once as high as 30,000 yuan, and the flight may be canceled suddenly before taking off. Many Chinese people stranded in the United States cannot return to China, including tens of thousands of Chinese students.
If the United States imposes a no-fly order, all direct flights between China and the United States will be grounded, which will make matters worse.
Kliman said that China and the United States still have the opportunity to resolve this issue before June 16. Once the US ban is officially implemented, it will be more difficult to withdraw.
The US-China Business Council, which represents 200 large American businesses in China, said: Commercial flights provide a vital bridge between the United States and China. Before the global pandemic, hundreds of Thousands of passengers cross Chongyang to do business, vacation, study, and, most importantly, know each other through personal experience.
In times of conflict, suspicion, and misunderstanding, this type of travel is essential. We call on the two governments to allow each other’s flights to take off again.
On Chinese social media Weibo, some netizens said the move harms others, harms others, harms the interests of both peoples, and makes Chinese students hostages. There are also comments that this will help China continue to control the epidemic. The suspension will be suspended. It will not wait until the United States has maintained the new crown epidemic before discussing its reciprocity.