Delta Air Lines announced on Monday that it would resume flights between China and the United States. In February, flights were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Delta's announcement means it will be the first airline to once again offer flights between the two countries.
To start, Delta will offer flights from Seattle to Shanghai, and it will operate twice a week in June, then once a week beginning in July. These Seattle-Shanghai flights will include a stop in Seoul. From July onwards, he airline will fly from Seattle to Shanghai on Thursdays, while the return route from Shanghai to Seattle will leave on Saturdays.
Also starting in July, Delta will offer once weekly flights from Detroit to Shanghai, also with a stop in Seoul. Flights will leave Detroit on Fridays and return back from Shanghai on Sundays.
While Delta may be the first to resume service to China, other airlines are also likely to start offering service between the United States and China soon. In fact, Chicago-based United Airlines also plans to serve multiple destinations in Mainland China. Specifically, the airline hopes to offer flights from San Francisco to Beijing Capital (PEK) and Shanghai, as well as a flight to Shanghai from Newark. While United doesn't have a clear plan or launch date for the flights, the airline hopes to operate these flights in the coming weeks.
Despite the re-opening of some routes, traffic will still likely remain light between China and the United States. China is still prohibiting foreign nationals from entering the country, and the U.S. government currently forbids anyone who has visited China within 14 days before their departure from entering the U.S. However, green card holders and U.S. citizens are exempt.