Friday, October 02, 2020

Germany withdraws permission for Air India Frankfurt flights till October 14

New Delhi: The ongoing air bubble disagreement between India and Germany has taken a turn for the worse. Germany has now withdrawn permission for Air India to operate flights to Frankfurt.

"All our flights to and from Frankfurt till October 14 have been cancelled due to that withdrawal of permission by German authorities," said an Air India official.

Twelve Al flights — 10 on Delhi-Frankfurt and two on Bengaluru-Frankfurt — have been cancelled till October 14. The German move comes after Lufthansa had cancelled all its India flights till October 20. 

At the moment, France is the only EU country with which India currently has flights under the air bubble agreement. Al and Lufthansa will resume flights between India and Germany from later this month.

Two days ago, Lufthansa said it will have to cancel all "planned flights" between India and Germany from September 30 to October 20 because of an "unexpected rejection" of its flight schedule by the Indian authorities.

Lufthansa said on Tuesday it had applied for continuation of the special flights it was allowed to operate until the end of September but would now have to cancel the flights because of the "unexpected rejection".

The German carrier said it "sincerely urges" Indian authorities to work together with the German government to establish a temporary travel agreement between both the countries.

01/10/20 Aparna Deb/

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