WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation
Department late on Friday accused the Chinese government of
making it impossible for U.S. air carriers to resume service to
China and ordered Chinese air carriers to file flight schedules
with the U.S. government.

The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short
of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks
with China had failed to produce an agreement.

In an order seen by Reuters, the Transportation Department
called the situation “critical” because both Delta Air Lines
and United Airlines want to resume flights to
China in June, even as Chinese carriers have continued U.S.
flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order said Chinese carriers, including Air China
China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines
Co and Hainan Airlines Holding Co, must
file schedules and other details of flights by May 27.

On Jan. 31, the U.S. government barred most non-U.S.
citizens from traveling to the United States who had been in
China within the previous 14 days but did not impose any
restrictions on Chinese flights.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by William Mallard)