Wednesday, June 24, 2020

India may allow airlines on select international routes after US places restrictions on Air India flights

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), on Tuesday, said it received requests from several countries to allow their air carries to participate in the mammoth repatriation exercise Vande Bharat Mission.   

The ministry said it received requests from concerned authorities in the US, France, Germany among others that their airlines be also allowed to participate in the transportation exercise. It also said that all such requests are being currently examined and the government is looking at the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements.

“As we move from controlled and managed aviation evacuation of our citizens in different parts of the world and foreign nationals from India, we are now looking at the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements,” the MoCA said in a statement.

India said it is contemplating further opening up in response to demands, and looking at the prospect of establishing “individual bilateral bubbles”, India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK.
 These are all destinations where demand for travel has not diminished. Final decisions pursuant to negotiations are expected to be taken soon, it added.

The statement comes shortly after the US placed restrictions on Air India’s repatriation flights stating that the Indian government engaged in discriminatory treatment of American airlines by barring them from participating in the evacuation exercise. 

The American authorities said it took the action, which will come into effect in 30 days, after India did not respond to its concerns first raised on May 19.
23/06/20 Manu Kaushik/

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