Sunday, July 05, 2020

Despite Centre’s nod, Tamil Nadu disallows chartered flights

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government seems to be blocking fresh requests to operate charter flights from Malaysia and Dubai to bring home stranded passengers, though Centre has given its nod for foreign and private carriers to fly services in addition to Vande Bharat flights by Air India.
A Kuala Lumpur-Chennai chartered flight that was supposed to have landed on Saturday was cancelled a few days ago. The trip was finalised by people stranded in Kuala Lumpur with a foreign airline and they had obtained permissions from the Centre and the DGCA, but could not get clearance from the state government. This is the second such cancellation as a charter which was supposed to bring in people from Colombo had to be cancelled.
Similar attempts by people to charter planes from Dubai and other cities in the Middle East were also not materialised as getting permissions from the state government is proving to be difficult.
Basheer Ahemed of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said, “Many companies are gathering 100 to 200 people and are ready to apply for charter flights but they are finding it difficult because the state government is worried about bring in more people here and the need to quarantine them.”
05/07/20 Times of India
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