The Chinese aviation authority plans to allow more international flights from 1 June. To limit the spread of the new corona virus, it barely allowed cross-border flights to the Asian country where the virus outbreak began. If the risks of importing corona infections remain under control, those restrictions will be relaxed.
Since late March, China has allowed a maximum of 134 international flights per week. That maximum could more than triple from the beginning of next month to 407, the Chinese aviation authority reports to state medium China News.
It is not yet known which airlines are allowed to operate the additional permitted flights. Until now, airlines from the People’s Republic have been allowed to operate one flight on one route to another country every week. Foreign companies are allowed to operate one flight to China per week. Many foreign airlines no longer flew to Chinese destinations before the restrictions went into effect.
The Chinese restriction on international flights led to a conflict with the United States. The Americans complain that it is impossible for US airlines to resume flights to the Asian country, while Chinese airlines continue to fly to the US. Reportedly, the United States Department of Transportation demanded that seven Chinese aviation groups report all their flights to the U.S. by May 27 to check whether they could harm public interest. Beijing bit off Monday after these alleged US restrictions.