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erienewsnow.com 14 Jan, 2022 14:30 am

The United States could lose all flights to China ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics - Erie News Now

The United States could lose all flights to China ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics - Erie News Now
By Steven Jiang, CNN Business

By Steven Jiang, CNN Business People trying to fly from the United States to China may soon be confronted with an unthinkable scenario: Starting next week, there are likely to be no commercial flights bound for the country as Beijing tries to keep coronavirus infections out ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics.Beginning January 19 and continuing for at least two weeks, all flights from the United States to China have either been canceled or are likely to be suspended because of Chinese aviation regulations, according to CNN Business research of government announcements and published flight schedules.During this period, a growing number of passengers on flights from the United States — operated by both US and Chinese carriers — tested positive upon arrival in China, triggering a wave of cancellations just ahead of the Olympics and the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in China.The city on Thursday recorded five new locally transmitted cases, all linked to a resident who had recently returned from the United States.

Flights to and from China— the world's second-biggest air travel market after the United States — have been drastically cut back, even as international travel has begun to rebound in other parts of the globe." CNN Business has sought comment from the US Department of Transportation, which has the authority to suspend the eight weekly US flights operated by four Chinese airlines.

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