Trump Bans Chinese Passenger Planes Entering United States

( President Donald Trump’s administration announced that all passenger planes from China will be banned from entering the United States as of June 16. The order was officially announced by the United States Department of Transportation and will apply specifically to Sichuan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China.

The decision was made as a result of Chinese airlines continuing to regularly bring passengers to the United States from China, despite an agreement made to restrict travel between the countries. Chinese airlines have failed to respect the fact that President Trump and his administration are continuing to limit people entering the country from China, where the coronavirus originated.

Despite this, United and Delta have both requested permission to continue flights from the United States to China. Much of this decision lies with China, however, who has still not confirmed when it will “allow U.S. carriers to reinstate scheduled passenger flights.”

The decision by Trump’s administration to ban Chinese planes from entering the United States is, therefore, consistent with President Trump’s efforts to level the playing field with countries who try to take advantage of the United States. If China isn’t letting American planes in, then why would America let Chinese planes in?

On Wednesday, airline Delta announced that they “support and appreciate the U.S. government’s actions to enforce our rights and ensure fairness.” United also released a statement saying they are looking forward to resuming their services between the USA and China “when the regulatory environment allows us to do so.”

In an additional statement, the Department of Transport said they will allow the same number of Chinese passenger flights into the country as China lets into their country. The department also stated that China will not be able to use passenger flights to “further their advantage over U.S. carriers in providing U.S.-China passenger services.”

Reports suggest that the decision was made, in part, to force China into permitting American planes into their country.