The U.S. Department of Transportation rejected a request by Chinese airlines for additional flights between the two countries.
The Department also said that it would also disapprove all prospective proposed schedules that may be subsequently filed by the Chinese carriers.
China Eastern, Xiamen Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and China Southern Airlines filed a proposal to increase the flight schedules between the U.S. and China.
The Department said that “the public interest requires scheduled passenger services by Chinese carriers only to the extent permitted by the previous order issued on issued on June 19.
According to a DOT order issued on July 30, Chinese carriers are authorized to operate four weekly round-trip scheduled passenger flights. The Department thinks that any proposed scheduled passenger services by Chinese carriers in excess of or different from those services permitted by the order would be adverse to the public interest.
Following the issuance of the order on June 19, some Chinese airlines filed additional, supplemental, or revised proposed schedules.
The U.S. government is prepared to revisit the action announced in the present order if the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) adjust its policies to bring about the necessary improved situation for U.S. carriers, according to the order.
The U.S. permits Chinese carriers to operate a total of four weekly round-trip scheduled passenger flights to and from the United States.
It is the level of scheduled passenger services that is equivalent to permitted by Chinese aviation authorities for U.S. carriers.