Jan 12, 2022 - World

Biden administration criticizes China's move to cancel more flights

tail of airplane seen with united airliner in background.

United Airlines flights are among the latests to be suspended. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House criticized China's decision to cancel more flights from the U.S. on Wednesday, saying it was "inconsistent with its obligations under the U.S.-China Air Transport Agreement."

Driving the news: China announced it suspended six flights over the course of the next week due to passengers testing positive for COVID-19, per Reuters.

  • The latest canceled flights affect United and China Southern airlines flights departing for Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

What they're saying: "[W]e retain the right to take regulatory measures as appropriate," a Transportation Department spokesperson said in a statement.

The big picture: It adds to a spate of recently announced flight cancellations, as the Omicron variant continues to impact travel in the new year.

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