Thursday, March 03, 2022

Agra's tourism industry gets another blow as India extends ban on international flights

Agra: Being the home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra is visited by tourists from all corners of the world. For the same reason, Agra's tourism business flourishes, but this business has been stalled since the year 2020. The reason behind this was the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic all over the world.

Businessmen engaged in tourism, who were anticipating the start of international flights as the coronavirus infections subsided, suffered a setback when the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the ban on regular commercial international passenger flights till further orders. However, air bubble flights and cargo flights will continue unabated.

Following the outbreak, the Central Government banned regular commercial international flights in March 2020. This ban was effective till February 28. However, in a new order issued by the DGCA, this ban has been extended till further order.

Tourism businessmen expected that international flights would resume in March after a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus worldwide in February. The government had also indicated this by ending the 7-day quarantine for tourists coming from abroad.

Due to the limited area of influence of the war between the tourism business in Ukraine and Russia, there were hopes of starting international flights, but now these hopes have been dashed because this time it has not even been informed how long this ban will be in place.

Prahlad Agarwal, president of Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber, said that due to the ban on international flights, tour operators and businessmen who have been doing inbound tourism work for two years are sitting without work. Due to the suspension of flights continuously, there is a situation of uncertainty in the tourism sector of the country. If this continues, then the tourism industry of the country may have to bear the brunt of it. The Central Government will have to consider this soon.

03/03/22 Siraj Qureshi/India Today

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