Saturday, August 28, 2021

Vistara Officially Receives The All Clear For US Flights

Vistara has officially received the all-clear from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct flights between the US and India. The DOT received no objections since grating tentative approval, which now means Vistara is all set to operate US flights as it sees fit.

On August 25th, Vistara received final approval from the DOT for a foreign air carrier permit. This allows the airline to conduct scheduled commercial flights between the US and India, carrying people, property, and mail. The DOT also allows the airline to fly cargo and charter flights between the US and India.

As long as Vistara complies with regulations put forward by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and DOT, it will retain its ability to provide international transportation services between the US and India. This includes meeting safety and security guidelines and complying with DOT regulations relating to passenger services and refunds, among others.

In early June, the DOT granted tentative approval for the airline to operate flights between the US and India. Vistara first applied for DOT permission to run US flights at the end of April.

Vistara had previously planned to start flights in September 2021. Given that this is only a few days away, it is unlikely that Vistara will be launching flights at this time.

Furthermore, the US still maintains an ongoing travel ban for foreign nationals coming from India. While there are exceptions for US citizens and their families, legal permanent residents, and students. Nevertheless, this is certainly not the best environment for Vistara to launch long-haul flying.

Furthermore, most nonessential travel to India is also barred. While there are some exemptions, entering India as a non-citizen is certainly not very easy at this point.

As a result, it makes a lot of sense for Vistara to hold off on adding US flights at this time. Some exceptions could be if Vistara gets lucrative access at some heavily competitive airports, where getting in now is key to building up a long-term position.

28/08/21 Jay Singh/Simple Flying

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