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US Suspends 26 Flights by Chinese Airlines in Escalating Dispute Over Covid Policies

  • Covid policies by China prompt US to retaliate, DOT says
  • Action by US is latest in standoff dating back to 2020
China Eastern Airlines Corp. aircrafts sit on the tarmac at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China.

China Eastern Airlines Corp. aircrafts sit on the tarmac at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The US Department of Transportation is suspending 26 flights by Chinese airlines next month in a dispute over Beijing’s strict policies when travelers test positive for Covid-19. 

The retaliatory move follows the Chinese government’s decision to limit inbound flights by US carriers including United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. China’s actions are “adverse to the public interest” and warranted “additional proportionate remedial action by the Department,” the US regulator said in an order dated Thursday.