Airlines welcome US China expansion deal

The Air Transport Association has issued a statement welcoming an agreement reached by the United
States and China to expand air service.“We applaud the efforts by the United States and Chinese governments in
reaching an agreement that expands cargo and passenger services between
both nations,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May. “While this is
an important first step, we look forward to the countries ultimately
establishing an Open Skies agreement.”

US Airways was one of the airlines to specifically congratulate both the U.S. and Chinese governments
on the decision that promises to expand the availability of new service
between the U.S. and China.

  “Earlier this year we announced our intention to pursue service to China
and this new agreement certainly paves the way for that to become a near-term
reality,” said US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.  “We commend the
governments of both countries on this monumental agreement that recognizes a
free market enterprise, and we look forward to being able to offer our
customers access to one of the world’s leading countries for commerce, culture
and tourism.”

  Parker continued, “We also look forward to participating in the allocation
process of these newly awarded routes with the Department of Transportation.”
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