Pressure mounts on India to allow foreign airlines to operate flights, US fires first salvo; EU holding talks
NEW DELHI: Pressure is mounting on India to allow schedule passenger flights by foreign airlines. America on Monday said that Air India will have to seek prior approval for operating flights to and from the US from July 22 as India “has impaired operating rights of US carriers and has engaged in discriminatory and restrictive practices with respect to US carriers’ services to and from India.”
European Union is also learnt to have initiated talks with India to allow its carriers to resume schedule flights to and from India.
Airlines of others countries and regions, especially the Gulf, are also eager to resume flights to the country. Private Indian carriers are also waiting for regular international flights to resume.
In response to the US action, the Indian aviation ministry said on Tuesday it is considering “travel bubbles” between India and the US, France, Germany and UK that have strong demand for travel.
“We have received requests from concerned authorities in several countries including the US, France, Germany among others requesting that their air carriers be allowed to participate in the transportation of passengers along the line being conducted by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). These requests are being examined. We have had one round of negotiations with US on June 15, 2020, with representatives of US department of transportation (DoT) and US Embassy on this issue. They were invited to submit precise proposals in this respect. A communication has now been received on June 19, 2020, detailing these requests,” the aviation ministry said on Tuesday.
“As we move from controlled and managed aviation evacuation of our citizens in different parts of the world and foreign nationals from India, we are now looking at the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements. These evacuation flights which were primarily meant for evacuation of our citizens from all over the world are now increasingly carrying Indians and citizens of other countries out bound to countries where they are normally resident. As we contemplate further opening up in response to demands, we are looking at the prospect of establishing individual bilateral bubbles, India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK. These are all destinations where demand for travel has not diminished. Final decisions pursuant to negotiations are expected to be taken soon,” the ministry statement added.
The govt is using this crisis to monopolize international flights to India through Air India.
When people were pleading to allow them go or come back to India, this same minister didn't care at all and went for AI profit. Now when other countries threatened he started looking to resume flights.
This govt is the worse govt ever in the history of India......
Guillotino Returns - The Last Man Standing
You must have said this about every goverment since 1947.
Resume normal flights operations, let every one to fly at their choice and carrier. Why only AI why not others?
India has challanges at home due to COVID and at the borders. Needy citizens are being brought back too.... the rest is not an emergency right now!
Congratulations Modiji ... after destroying lives of migrant workers now it is the turn of the NRIs ... in a few years the only jobs left in India would be to sell tea and pakodas
Feku, aka Surrender Modi, has failed on each and every front. India/Indians are being bullied by superpowers at home and abroad. Unfortunately, Feku is still in denial mode, be it Chinese intrusion, community spread of coronavirus, unemployment, negative GDP growth rates. Even a small countries like Nepal begin to take advantage of our weak and horrific leadership.
SEEMS THIS GOVT IS SUFFERING WITH BLOATED EGO AND HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO MANAGE A CRISES. THEY HAVE FAILED US WITH CHINA AND CORONA. THEY ARE MORE FOCUSSED ON BRINGING DOWN STATE GOVT;S , RS ELECTIONS AND BUYING MLA'S
The Civil Aviation India only wakes up after they get humiliated by USA and other countries. Totally incompetent and tunnel vision.
Be cautious of US, their Namaste Trump already played corona havoc in Gujarat
EXCEPT 'BLINDS' EVERYONE CAN SEE FAILURE OF THIS GOVERNMENT IN EACH AND EVERY EFFORT
Chaiwala ideas are not working anywhere - inside or outside the country.
Teaseller Rule is India's Dark Age.
Modi should resign
India wants only AIR INDIA to operate make money, improve sell price, typical Indian mentality to harass & make money. US rightly slaps by seeking prior permission.
Why Indian go in such large numbers to countries where they get no respect?
In the entire world, India is only the country which has started flights under VBM to brought stranded Indian from US, Europe and other part of the world, to their native place. Salute to GoI.