Pandemic flight rules slow U.S.-China travel restart

Stringent pandemic-era flight restrictions are delaying any substantial resumption of travel between the U.S. and China

Feb 28, 2023

Currently, airlines from each country are limited to 12 combined weekly flights in the U.S.-China market. For U.S. carriers, the rules mean that the Big Three can each offer just four roundtrip flights to China per week.

The allowance of 24 weekly flights between the two economic giants differs sharply from prepandemic rules allowing for 161 combined weekly frequencies between the U.S. and Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou plus unlimited flights between the U.S. and other parts of China.

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