(Yicai) Aug. 22 -- Three major Chinese airlines received approval from US authorities yesterday to add six new round-trip flights from next month. Since the announcement, prices for Shanghai-to-Los Angeles flights in September have fallen by about a quarter.
The US Department of Transportation said yesterday the new flights are Air China’s weekly Beijing-Los Angeles and Beijing-New York flights, China Eastern Airlines’ twice-weekly Shanghai-Los Angeles flights and China Southern Airlines’ twice-weekly Guangzhou-Los Angeles flights.
Yicai checked Qunar for flights from Shanghai to Los Angeles in September, finding that the lowest price was around CNY8,500 (USD1,166), about 25 percent lower than two weeks ago. The price of a flight from Shanghai to San Francisco is also about 20 percent lower than two weeks ago, but it is the same as in May.
The US transportation department had issued a notice on Aug. 10, saying that Chinese airlines would be allowed to operate 18 pairs of direct round-trip passenger flights between China and the US per week from Sept. 1, increasing to 24 pairs a week from Oct. 29.
At present, Chinese and American airlines operate 12 round-trip flights a week. Before to the pandemic, there were more than 300 flights between the countries every week.
Shanghai has the most flights from China to the US, with the other departure cities being Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Xiamen. Los Angeles is the US city with the most direct flights to the Chinese mainland, and other US destinations include New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Detroit and Seattle.
Editor: Tom Litting