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China also announced that flights between China and the United States would increase to 100 flights per week by the end of March.

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China also announced that flights between China and the United States would increase to 100 flights per week by the end of March.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced on February 29 that from the end of March, flights between the two countries by Chinese and US airlines will increase to 100 flights per week. The United States announced on the 26th that from March 31, Chinese airlines will be allowed to increase the number of weekly civilian flights to and from the United States from the current 35 to 50. The two announcements from the United States and China show that the two sides have already reached an agreement on reciprocity and openness, but they chose to announce it at different times.

COVID-19 in early 2020pandemicBefore pandemic restrictions, the United States and China allowed each other’s airlines to operate no more than 150 round-trip passenger flights per week. However, after the outbreak and until August 2023, Chinese and US airlines had only 12 round-trip flights per week. week between the two countries. shift.

Round-trip flights by the respective airlines of the two countries have been increased to 18 flights per week from September 1 last year and to 24 flights per week from October 29. By November last year, the US Department of Transportation had approved another 35 flights per week for Chinese passenger aircraft to and from the United States.

After the new number of flights came into effect at the end of March this year, the number of flights between the two countries has dropped to about one-third of what it was before the outbreak of the new crown epidemic.

Other international aviation markets linked to China are reopening much faster than those between the United States and China, according to aviation data provider OAG. There are more seats on passenger flights between China and the UK this month than before the pandemic. The number has increased by 30%.SingaporeThe number of seats in passenger planes will increase by 6%.

“Voice of America” ​​quoted Dai Jun, deputy director of the Operations Monitoring Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, as saying at a press conference on the 29th that China currently travels through Singapore, Australia, the United Arab Emirates. , United Kingdom andItalyThe number of flights to more than 20 countries has exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Airlines for America, representing American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines, said it “supports the US government’s approach to a slow, gradual and mutual reopening of the Chinese market. It is critical that the US government Follow this approach.” , Currently, 31 of the 35 US flights to and from China are operated by three airlines.

The analysis notes that the slow opening of the civil aviation market between the United States and China reflects the slow pace of recovery from the trough of overall bilateral relations, suggesting that there is a need to restore civil aviation. Political factors dominate the progress of both parties. Aviation market for each other.

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