Trump administration to bar Chinese airlines from flying to U.S

Washington: The U.S will bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to allow U.S air carriers to resume flights, the Trump administration announced on Wednesday.

The move, announced by the Department of Transportation, penalizes China after Beijing failed to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the world’s two largest economies. Relations between the two countries have also soured in recent months amid escalating tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The order applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines Co and Hainan Airlines Holding.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have asked to resume flights to China, even as Chinese carriers have continued U.S flights during the pandemic. Desk: Asianet Online