The US Department of Transportation said in a statement recently that the number of Chinese passenger flights to and from the United States will be allowed to increase to 18 per week from September 1 this year, and to 24 from October 29. The current number of round-trip flights between the two countries is 12 per week.
The Chinese government will also agree to double the number of weekly U.S. passenger flights to and from China, the statement said.
Starting from Oct. 29, direct flights between China and the United States will be operated by three major U.S. airlines and six Chinese airlines. Air China has filed paperwork with the US Department of Transportation seeking to increase flights between Beijing and Los Angeles. United Airlines also said it would resume flights to Beijing under the latest agreement and resume daily flights to Shanghai.
Before the epidemic, there were more than 150 round-trip flights between China and the United States every week.