BREAKING: US SUSPENDS FLIGHTS BY CHINESE AIRLINES
The U.S. Transport Department on Tuesday suspended Chinese passenger airlines from flying in and out of the country after Beijing refused American carriers to resume flights in China.
American Airlines had been pushing to resume operations after pausing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the Chinese aviation authorities are yet to give approval.
"U.S. carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1. The Chinese government's failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement," the U.S. Transportation Department said in a statement.
The order takes effect on June 16, but it could be moved up if President Donald Trump orders it to be.
Delta Air Lines, one of the major airlines of the United States, praised the U.S. Government action.
"We support and appreciate the U.S. government's actions to enforce our rights and ensure fairness," Delta Air Lines said in a statement.