Many people may think as the entry ban for foreign nationals is not lifted, so the international flights information is useless.
But you should know there are 400,000 Chinese students in the U.S., about 42,000 of them are child students. Many of them are desperate to return to China even the air tickets are 10 times more expensive, but the flights are limited due to the “Five One” policy. So if there are more flights between the U.S. and China to send people back to home countries, then I think the entry ban for foreign nationals will be lifted earlier.
If the American airlines can’t get approval to resume flights before June 1, it mean they won’t get it for the next 2 months (Airlines should submit their flight plans to the administration for approval two months in advance)
The situation is complicated, please read the two reports below.
The US government on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for US airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese air carriers to file flight schedules with the US government. The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks with China had failed to produce an agreement.
The US Transportation Department, which is trying to persuade China to allow the resumption of US passenger airline service there, earlier this week briefly delayed a few Chinese charter flights for not complying with notice requirements.
In an order posted on a US government website, the department noted Delta Air Lines and United Airlines want to resume flights to China in June, even as Chinese carriers have continued US flights during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The order said Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and their subsidiaries must file schedules and other details of flights by May 27. The department warned it could find Chinese flights “contrary to applicable law or adversely affect the public interest”.
The department said in a statement it has “protested this situation to the Chinese authorities, repeatedly objecting to China’s failure to let US carriers fully exercise their rights and to the denial to US carriers of their right to compete on a fair and equal basis with Chinese carriers” and called the situation “critical”.
On Jan 31, the US government barred from entry most non-US citizens who had been in China within the previous 14 days but did not impose any restrictions on Chinese flights. Major US carriers voluntarily decided to halt all passenger flights to China in February.
Delta and United are flying cargo flights to China. Delta had requested approval for a daily flight to Shanghai Pudong airport from Detroit and Seattle, while United had asked to fly daily to Shanghai Pudong from San Francisco and Newark airport near New York and between San Francisco and Beijing.
The number of weekly scheduled combination flights operated between the two countries by US and Chinese carriers fell from 325 in January to 20, by just the four Chinese carriers, in mid-February, before the carriers increased them to 34 in mid-March, the US order said.
CAAC in late March said Chinese airlines could maintain just one weekly passenger flight on one route to any given country and that carriers could fly no more than the number of flights they were flying on Mar 12, according to the US order.
But because US passenger airlines had stopped all flights by March 12, the CAAC notice “effectively precludes U.S. carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to China,” the department said.
China, U.S. Point Fingers Over Delays in Bringing Students Home
Logistical issues between Chinese airlines and American transport authorities are hindering efforts to bring home Chinese students from the U.S., officials from both countries have said.
Delays to chartered repatriation flights are due to Chinese carriers submitting charter applications “with little to no notice before proposed flight operation,” a spokesperson from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) told Caixin in an email.
The comments come after China’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the flights were delayed because the U.S. had not approved the flight plans and urged Washington to fast-track the procedures.
China, which first detected the deadly new coronavirus late last year, has largely managed to contain its Covid-19 epidemic. In recent weeks, the country has sought to evacuate certain citizens from countries with severe outbreaks.
One group is primary and secondary school students in the United States, which has logged the most cases of any country in the world. Around 42,000 students under the age of 18 attended American schools in 2018, according to a January report by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, a body affiliated with U.S. immigration authorities.
So far, however, several planned flights have been unable to take to the skies. An Air China flight scheduled to depart at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday from Houston to the northern Chinese city of Tianjin remains grounded. China’s consulate general in Houston said Monday that the plane was likely to be delayed as it had not yet received approval from the U.S. government.
A similar fate has befallen a China Eastern flight from Chicago to the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan that was also scheduled for departure Tuesday. Another Air China flight from New York to Chongqing was initially delayed, but has since arrived in the southwestern Chinese metropolis.
At a regular press briefing Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the postponements were regrettable partly because some passengers had already moved out of school accommodation to catch the flights. China hoped the U.S. would expedite the approvals “out of humanitarian spirit,” he added.
But a DOT spokesperson said Chinese authorities and airlines were aware that such chartered flights typically have “significant” lead times. The department was processing applications according to regulations requiring a sufficient public comment period, as well as the obligations of an air transport agreement between the U.S. and China, they added.
Caixin understands the comment period typically lasts seven business days.
China arranged eight temporary flights to bring home more than 1,500 primary and secondary school students from America between April 11 and May 2, according to China’s embassy in the United States.
International flights operating in June
updated on May 24
|Canada||Shanghai-Toronto||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guagnzhou-Vancouver||China Southern Airlines|
|United States||Guangzhou-Los Angeles||China Southern Airlines|
|Xiamen-Los Angeles||Xiamen Airlines|
|Beijing-Los Angeles||Air China|
|Shanghai- New York||Xiamen Airlines|
|New Zealand||Shanghai-Auckland||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Auckland||China Southern Airlines|
|Australia||Shanghai-Sydney||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Sydney||China Southern Airlines|
|Germany||Shanghai-Frankfurt||China Eastern Airlines|
|France||Shanghai-Paris||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Paris||China Southern Airlines|
|United Kingdom||Shanghai-London||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-London||China Southern Airlines|
|Netherlands||Shanghai-Amsterdam||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Amsterdam||China Southern Airlines|
|Pakistan||Urumchi-Islamabad||China Southern Airlines|
|Beijing-Islamabad- Karachi||Air China|
|Philippines||Shanghai-Manila||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Manila||China Southern Airlines|
|Thailand||Guangzhou-Bangkok||China Southern Airlines|
|Nanjing-Bangkok||China Eastern Airlines|
|Korea||Shenyang-Seoul||China Southern Airlines|
|Shanghai-Seoul||China Eastern Airlines|
|Cambodia||Guangzhou-Phnom Penh||China Southern Airlines|
|Xiamen-Phnom Penh||Xiamen Airlines|
|Beijing-Phnom Penh||Air China|
|Shanghai-Phnom Penh||China Eastern Airlines|
|Laos||Guangzhou-Vientiane||China Southern Airlines|
|Kunming-Vientiane||China Southern Airlines|
|Malaysia||Guangzhou-Kuala Lumpur||China Southern Airlines|
|Shanghai-Kuala Lumpur||Shanghai Airlines|
|Bangladesh||Guangzhou-Dhaka||China Southern Airlines|
|Myanmar||Kunming-Yangon||China Eastern Airlines|
|Guangzhou-Yangon||China Southern Airlines|
|Nepal||Guangzhou-Kathmandu||China Southern Airlines|
|Japan||Shenyang-Tokyo||China Southern Airlines|
|Shanghai-Tokyo||All Nippon Airways|
|Sri Lanka||Shanghai-Colombo||China Eastern Airlines|
|India||Shanghai-Delhi||China Eastern Airlines|
|Singapore||Guangzhou-Singapore||China Southern Airlines|
|Shanghai-Singapore||China Eastern Airlines|
|United Arab Emirates||Beijing-Dubai||Air China|