U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Procedural Order Regarding Chinese Carriers
The U.S. Department of Transportation will issue 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. None of the schedules that Chinese carriers have filed could be operated because of the Chinese government’s own restrictions on international flights. 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.