The US Places Limits on Chinese Airlines’ Passenger Capacity

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After Chinese authorities limited the operating rights of United Airlines to Shanghai, the US imposed similar temporary capacity limits on Chinese airlines entering the US.

This measure is being put forward as previously China imposed a similar limitation on United Airlines flights bound to Shanghai-Pudong as a sanction for bringing China five Covid-positive passengers from San Francisco.

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) announced that it would restrict 40% passenger capacity for four weeks, affecting Air China, China Southern, China Eastern and Xiamen Airlines.

The DOT order initially restricts capacity on Air China’s Boeing 777-300ER CA987 Beijing (PEK) – Los Angeles (LAX) flights between August 23 – 29.

Next is China Eastern’s Boeing 777-300ER MU587 Shanghai (PVG) – New York (JFK) flights between August 30 – September 5.

Then follows China Southern’s Airbus A380-800 CZ327 Guangzhou (CAN) – Los Angeles (LAX) services, with flights capacity restricted between September 6 -12.

Finally, Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 MF829 Xiamen (XMN) – Los Angeles (LAX) services will be impacted between September 13 – 19.