US and China intensify civilian aviation flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an order Wednesday allowing Chinese airlines to expand their passenger services in the U.S. to 12 weekly round trips — a figure equal to the total number of flights Chinese aviation authorities will allow to U.S. carriers.

The three U.S. carriers currently operating scheduled passenger service in the U.S. – China market – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines-are given permission to operate four weekly return flights between the United States and China, USDOT said.

The order brings each country’s total number of passenger flights to 12 with immediate effect, but it is still a fraction of the total number of flights before the imposition of restrictions in early 2020 following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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