Thursday, June 25, 2020

Seven flights from US to Bengaluru next week

Seven flights are scheduled to operate from the US to Bengaluru in the next week under Phase 3 of the Vande Bharat, despite the US imposing restrictions on Air India’s repatriation flights.
All seven repatriation flights will be departing from San Francisco and will reach Bengaluru after a stopover in New Delhi. Around 1,183 passengers would be arriving from the US in these flights. One repatriation flight landed at the Kempegowda International Airport on Wednesday with 169 passengers.
The US Department of Transportation recently issued an order requiring Indian air carriers to apply to the Department for statements of authorization before conducting charter flights.
“The Department is taking this action because the Government of India is engaging in unfair and
discriminatory practices concerning charter air transportation services to and from India. This order will allow the Department to scrutinize charter flights by Indian carriers on a case-by-case basis.
The Department seeks to restore a level playing field for US airlines, as provided for in the US-India Air Transport Agreement. The Department is willing to reconsider this action once all applicable restrictions on US carrier rights cease to be applied to US carriers, and a level playing field has been restored,” the US Department of Transportation said while issuing the order.
25/06/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror
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