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The U.S. eased sanctions on Chinese flights announced earlier this week

Friday’s announcement from the Department of Transportation followed a decision by Chinese civil aviation regulators on Thursday to allow a limited number of flights from U.S. carriers.

The tight-for-tat transition between the two countries began when interest spread from the United States to China due to the coronavirus epidemic. American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines have finally suspended their services between the two countries. The U.S. government eventually imposed some travel restrictions.

According to the Department of Transportation, when Delta and United tried to relaunch the service, they found that Chinese government sanctions did not allow it. Chinese carriers, however, operated limited services between the two countries.

On Wednesday, the Department of Transportation determined that the Chinese government was violating an international travel agreement between the two countries, and said it would soon limit Chinese flights to the United States.

Chinese officials responded Thursday by easing their restrictions in a way that would allow Delta and United to operate one round-trip flight a week.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it still believes the Chinese government has “violated the operating rights of U.S. carriers”, but will allow the country’s airlines to “come from the United States and fly a total of two weekly passenger-flights per week.”

It said the Chinese government could choose which airlines would make the aircraft

The Department of Transportation said it expects the move to lead to a “better environment” for carriers in both countries rather than long-term restrictions.

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