[Global Times reporter Pan Xiaotong] Recently, the flight of American Airlines was suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of China due to the triggering of a circuit breaker order. The United States has decided to implement so-called "reciprocal" measures on the flights of Chinese airlines.
On August 25, local time, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will suspend 26 flights of four Chinese airlines from the United States to China from September.
According to a report by Reuters on the 26th, the decision of the US Department of Transportation will be implemented from September 5th and will last until September 28th. It will affect four companies, Xiamen Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. The suspended flights include 19 flights from Los Angeles and seven flights from New York.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on August 7, single-entry flights of airlines with five confirmed passengers will be suspended for a week when the proportion of confirmed passengers reaches 4% of the number of inbound passengers on the flight; when the proportion of confirmed passengers reaches 4% The flight was suspended for two weeks when the number of inbound passengers was 8%.
The U.S. government has repeatedly raised objections to the Chinese government.
According to Reuters, Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in the United States, said the U.S. suspension of Chinese airline flights for no reason was "extremely irresponsible".
China's flight circuit breaker mechanism is fair and transparent, applicable to Chinese and foreign airlines, and in line with bilateral air transport agreements.
Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the United States has repeatedly taken "retaliatory" measures against Chinese flights on the grounds of the flight circuit breaker mechanism.
In August 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation capped four Chinese airlines' passenger capacity at less than 40% for four weeks, in response to the Civil Aviation Administration of China suspending four United Airlines flights.
In January of this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation suspended 44 flights of Chinese airlines from the United States to China from January 30 to March 29, in response to the previous announcement by the Civil Aviation Administration of China of suspending 44 flights of American airlines. Decide.
Qi Qi, a Chinese civil aviation expert, said in an interview with a reporter from the Global Times on the 26th that the US Department of Transportation's move was actually using flight operations as an excuse to put pressure on China in order to obtain certain "overlord privileges".
China's circuit breaker measures are not aimed at a certain country, but are treated equally, and the purpose is to prevent and control the epidemic.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China optimized and adjusted the circuit breaker measures for international scheduled passenger flights on August 7, which helped the recovery of international flights. The US flight triggering circuit breaker order should start from its own epidemic prevention policy to find the reason, rather than unreasonably canceling Chinese flights .
As of August 25, local time, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States has exceeded 94 million.
According to the British "Guardian" report, an average of about 400 people die of new coronary pneumonia every day in the United States.
Still, "mask orders" and social distancing rules across the U.S. are not being strictly enforced.
The Guardian quoted Eghavan Salles, a clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, as saying that the epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 1 million Americans, but instead of facing the facts and taking all measures to stop the loss, the government has instead Acting as if it never happened."