Update: June 23, 2020 8:58:03 pm
The Union Aviation Ministry said on Tuesday that the government is considering the creation of an “individual bilateral bubbles” with the united states, the united KINGDOM, Germany and France to allow airlines of the respective countries in the agreement for the operation of international flights.
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The ministry’s statement came on the heels of the US Department of Transportation, announced Monday that it prevents the Air India from the operation of chartered flights between India and the united States, on 22 July without his prior approval, in what appears to be a retaliatory action against the Indian government’s decision not to allow American carriers to operate between the two countries.
The creation of a displacement of the bubble is to reconnect the countries or states that have shown a good level of success in containing the new coronavirus pandemic at the national level. Such a bubble would allow members of the group to revive the commercial links with the other, and kickstart sectors such as transport and tourism.
The Aviation Department was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI“As we go further into the opening to meet the demands, we are looking at the perspective of the individual institution bilateral bubbles, India-usa, India-France, India, Germany, India, united KINGDOM. These are all destinations where demand for travel has not diminished. The final decisions under negotiations are expected to be taken quickly.”
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“We have received requests from the authorities in several countries, including the united states, France, Germany, among others, to request that their air carriers authorized to participate in the transport of passengers along the line, conducted by the Air India under Vande Bharat Mission. These requests are under review,” he added.
The u.s. Department of Transportation (DOT) restricted the repatriation flights operated by Air India, and accused India of being “unfair”, and of engaging in “discriminatory practices”. Air India will now need a specific authorization from the DOT to the conduct of such flights.
“…In force within 30 days from the date of service of this Order, it does not execute the Third and/or Fourth Freedom charter flights unless the Department has granted a specific authority in the form of a statement of authorization to proceed with such charters,” the Ministry said in an order dated June 22.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated that the Government of India has “impaired the rights of carrier operations in the U.S.,” and engaged in “discrimination and restrictive practices in respect of US transportation services to and from India”.
Meanwhile, in May of this year, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have opened their borders to each other, creating a “travel bubble”, in which the inhabitants of these three countries can move freely between them. The idea was to help them to put their economies on the track following the lifting of these prohibitions. This was decidedly the first coronavirus travel bubble ” in Europe, since the nations of the world have started to lock down in the face of the pandemic.
With the pandemic of throw to both international and national trade and travel of speed since the beginning of this year, these travelling bubbles ” are now recommended to keep at least a part of the global economy afloat.
(With inputs from PTI)
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