After the US introduced restrictions on Air India’s particular repatriation flights alleging “unfair and discriminatory practices”, the federal government mentioned right this moment it’s analyzing requests by America and different international locations to function these flights. The civil aviation ministry mentioned it’s exploring bilateral preparations with international locations to deliver again Indians stranded in numerous international locations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The US transportation division mentioned on Monday that Air India’s charters “transcend true repatriations, and it seems that Air India could also be utilizing repatriation charters as a method of circumventing flight restrictions”.
In response, the federal government mentioned it’s the opportunity of bilateral preparations for the repatriation flights presently operated solely by nationwide provider Air India.
The repatriation flights are more and more additionally taking international nationals to their residence international locations, mentioned the ministry. “As we ponder additional opening up in response to calls for, we’re wanting on the prospect of building particular person bilateral bubbles — India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK,” it mentioned.
Negotiations have been on and a call can be taken quickly, mentioned the federal government.
International locations just like the US, France and Germany have requested that their airways be allowed to function the repatriation flights like Air India. “These requests are being examined. Now we have additionally had one spherical of negotiations with US on June 15 with representatives of US Division of Transportation and US Embassy on this subject. They have been invited to submit exact proposals on this respect. A communication has now been acquired on 19 June detailing these requests,” the ministry assertion mentioned.
The US, imposing restrictions, had mentioned the airline would want to use for permission earlier than working the particular flights in order that they are often “scrutinized extra intently”. The restrictions can be reconsidered when India lifted restrictions on American carriers, the transportation division mentioned.
The division complained that since US airways are presently banned from flying to India, it “creates a aggressive drawback for US carriers.”