Staff, 2023-01-18 14:33:00,
American carriers do not believe that there is enough demand to return to China and Japan in the near future.
For the past couple of months, Asian countries have been loosening COVID restrictions. Though travel to Asia is becoming more accessible by government standards, American carriers are not making it easier for passengers to connect to Asia from the US. Trade Association Airlines for America has asked the Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend slot relief to American airlines that has been in place since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.
Asking for an extension
According to the letter sent to the DOT, American carriers do not believe that travel demand is rebounding to Asia, but rather, that demand in Asian markets remains “severely depressed.” Ten days ago, China dropped its COVID travel restrictions after almost three years of heavily restricting entry and exit. Chinese airlines were in a prime position to resume long-haul international routes, keeping most widebodies in service and not laying off staff.
United States airlines are hesitant about returning to China. For one, there is the belief that there is insufficient demand to schedule flights. Additionally, COVID-19 is still a severe problem in China, and many countries require passengers from China to…
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