U.S., China Stand Down From Airline Faceoff
- China and the U.S. stood down from escalating tensions that caught airlines in the crossfire. The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) moved to ban all flights by Chinese carriers to the U.S., in what it said was a response to the Chinese government’s capacity constraints on U.S. carriers. China had limited flights to the country to those that were operating on March 26, but U.S. airlines had suspended their flights to the country earlier in the year. This move by the CAAC effectively shut U.S. airlines out of the country, and the DOT said it would suspend flights by Chinese carriers (Delta, American, and United had said they wanted to resume China flights.)
After a few days of a standoff, the two sides backed down. Now, China is allowing each U.S. airline to operate one flight per week, while DOT has permitted Chinese carriers to operate two flights per week, with the decision on which carriers can perform the flights left up to the Chinese government.
- Emirates is inching back slowly to where it was, if still a long ways off. The carrier from June 15 will begin flights to 16 cities, bringing its total number of destinations to 29. Flights to New York, Brisbane, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen are among the routes the carrier will reopen. The carrier also will permit passengers to transit through Dubai across all the routes it is operating, bringing some semblance of its former worldwide one-stop network back. All flights will be on B777-300s. President Tim Clark said the carrier’s A380s will return, but not yet.