US airlines say China forces them to cancel flights


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United States airlines reported that China, which has further tightened its travel restrictions due to COVID-19, has prevented more than a dozen flights from entering the country recent and future.

Industry officials assured that China ordered cancellations as multiple passengers tested positive for the virus upon arrival in the country at the end of December.

On Tuesday, American Airlines He assured that six of his flights from Dallas to Shanghai that were scheduled for the end of January and the beginning of February were canceled. It is the same number of flights as United Airlines He says he had to cancel too, from San Francisco to Shanghai, and that they would leave at the end of January.

Delta Air LinesFor his part, he maintained that last week he had to cancel a flight and one more that this Friday would leave for Shanghai.

Airlines for America, which represents the largest commercial and cargo airlines in the United States, said that it already is discussing this issue with both US and Chinese officials, to find a way to affect travelers as little as possible.

These flight decisions appear as the latest development in the dispute between the two nations’ flights.

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