On Thursday, China said that it will be allowing more foreign carriers to fly into the country starting on June 8. This announcement came shortly after Washington barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States citing Beijing’s restrictions on American airlines.
In a statement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said that the mainland will be allowing qualifying foreign carriers currently barred from operating flights to China once-per-week into a city of their choosing starting on June 8.
Even as the United States pressures Beijing to allow American passenger carriers to resume flights to the country, the Donald Trump Administration has barred Chinese planes from flying into American soil starting June 16.
The CAAC further stated that all passenger carriers will be allowed to increase the number of international flights involving China to two per week if no incoming passengers on their planes test positive for COVID-19 for 3 consecutive weeks.
In March, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that domestic 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 March 12. However, because US passenger airlines had stopped all flights by March 12, they have been unable to resume flights to China.
Meanwhile, the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged last December, has tested nearly 10 million people for the deadly COVID-19 infection as part of a 19-day campaign to check the entire city and found just 300 positive cases, all of whom had no symptoms.