US disrupts flights of Chinese airline

Washington, Jan 22 (AP) The US has suspended 44 flights of Chinese airlines in response to China’s pressure to cancel flights of American airlines.

Four Chinese airlines will be affected by the order of the US Department of Transportation on Friday. Due to this, the ongoing dispute between the two countries regarding the restrictions related to Kovid-19 has increased.

China banned the entry of flights of these airlines into the country after some passengers of Delta Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines tested positive for the virus. The US has said that China’s actions violated a treaty on every country’s access to airlines of another country.

The Transportation Department said China’s decision to block 44 flights of American airlines “is against the public interest and requires the department to retaliate in equal proportion.”

Under the US order, 44 flights of Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines will be canceled between January 30 and March 29.

AP Simmi Neha


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