China to allow airlines back after retaliatory US ban

China will ease a ban on flights to the country by foreign airlines on June 8, the aviation regulator said, a day after the US issued an order to stop Chinese airlines from flying passengers to America.

Foreign airlines excluded from an earlier plan for inbound flights can operate one international commercial passenger flight to China every week starting Monday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said Thursday. The announcement didn’t name any countries.

China already allowed some flights from foreign airlines under a “Five-One” policy introduced in March that limited international carriers to one flight a week. Airlines weren’t allowed to operate more flights than they had scheduled on March 12, which meant U.S. carriers missed out as they’d already suspended passenger services to and from China because of the coronavirus.

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