U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Order Disapproving Chinese Carriers’ Proposed Schedules
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order today disapproving future schedules that Chinese carriers have filed with the Department over the past several weeks pursuant to our original May 22nd Order. This order is effectively an administrative action designed to maintain the parity in scheduled passenger services between U.S. and Chinese carriers announced by the Department earlier this week. That parity gives the carriers of each side the ability to operate four (4) round-trip scheduled passenger operations each week. The Department has conveyed to our Chinese counterparts that this order is a procedural matter only and that it should not be viewed as an escalation on our part. The Department continues to indicate our willingness to revisit our action should the Chinese aviation authorities adjust their policies to bring about the necessary improved situation for U.S. carriers in which both they and the Chinese carriers could fully exercise their bilateral rights.