Sunday, July 05, 2020

Expats eager for Qatar-India scheduled flights

Doha: Many Indian expatriates are eagerly looking forward to a Government of India proposal to allow scheduled international flights on select routes including the GCC region.

Recently, the Indian aviation regulator -Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said such a proposal was under “consideration”. India is reportedly in talks with the US, Canada and some countries in the European and Gulf (GCC) regions to establish "individual bilateral bubbles", which will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights, Airports Authority of India chairperson Arvind Singh said at a recent webinar.

India suspended all the domestic and international flight services in the last week of March.

The domestic flights have since started operations on some routes after a gap of two months in May.

As India struggles to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak, the DGCA extended the ban on international flights until July 31.

Earlier, the aviation regulator had cancelled the international flights until July 15.

According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation India (CAPA India), international operations may resume in August, but are not expected to reach “any meaningful scale” until the third quarter (Q3).Thousands of Indian expatriates will benefit if India concludes a “travel bubble” with Qatar, with whom it has good air connectivity, thanks to airlines such as Qatar Airways, Air India and IndiGo.

Hundreds of Qatar-based Indian students who are seeking admission in their home country for further education will be among the immediate beneficiaries of such a deal.

In India, the admission to coveted medical and engineering courses is decided on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE (Main), respectively.

NEET is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses and dental courses in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India.
05/07/20 Pratap John/Gulf Times

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