US airlines and related unions are lobbying the Biden administration to halt the approval of new flights between the US and China.
US airlines and related unions are lobbying the Biden administration to halt the approval of new flights between the US and China.

US Airlines and Unions Call for Halt on U.S.-China Flights

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Large US Airlines and affiliated unions are urging the Biden administration to stop approving additional flights between the U.S. and China. 

This action follows concerns over perceived “anti-competitive” policies enforced by China against U.S. carriers.

At the onset of the pandemic, China imposed restrictions on its aviation market, primarily targeting U.S. carriers. These restrictions persist and continue to impact American operations and airline staff.

Appeal to Government Officials:

In response, the CEO of the Airlines for America, critical pilot, and flight attendant union presidents have jointly penned a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

The letter highlights the urgent need for U.S. policy measures to safeguard domestic aviation interests from unfair practices by China.

Concerns Raised:

Despite ongoing restrictions, the number of flights between China and the U.S. has been gradually increasing. 

The Biden administration recently approved an increase in the number of round trips permitted for Chinese airlines, following assurances from China’s aviation authority to seek similar concessions for U.S. carriers.

Unfair Advantage Allegations:

U.S. airlines allege that Chinese airlines enjoy an unfair advantage, citing their ability to fly shorter routes through Russian airspace and certain protections the Chinese government provides due to their state-owned status. These factors pose significant challenges to U.S. carriers’ competitiveness in the market.

Jean Martin

Jean Martin, a seasoned Correspondent Author at USA Guardian Magazine, specializes in transforming complex subjects into engaging narratives. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to truth, her work spans politics, culture, and technology, enriching the magazine's diverse content. Jean's reporting not only informs but also inspires readers, showcasing her belief in journalism's power to drive change.

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