People on a bus look at an airplane as it lands at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai

U.S.-China aviation talks hit stumbling block on airport access

People on a bus look at an airplane as it lands at Hongqiao International Airport in ShanghaiBEIJING/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talks to ease limits on flights between the United States and China’s gateway cities have stalled over U.S. fears its airlines will be given less attractive time slots for take-off and landing than their Chinese rivals, people familiar with the negotiations said. In exploratory talks held in May in Washington, details of which have not previously been reported, China offered to permit more flights to and from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou while lowering caps for other domestic cities, U.S. officials said. The talks, the first in four years, ended with the U.S. side refusing to pursue formal negotiations until China presents plans to reform what the United States calls an opaque allocation system that tends to give big Chinese state carriers the best time slots, the U.S. officials told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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