German airline Lufthansa – one of many world’s largest operators – has cancelled all flights to India between September 30 and October 20 following a dispute with the federal government over the variety of flights it’s presently allowed to function.
In a press release on this topic Lufthansa mentioned: “Due to the Indian government’s rejection of Lufthansa’s flight schedule for October, Lufthansa will now have to cancel all planned flights between Germany and India between 30 September and 20 October, unfortunately”.
Sources within the aviation ministry instructed NDTV the variety of weekly flights being operated by Lufthansa (as a part of the air bubble between India and Germany through the pandemic) is 20.
Indian carriers, in the meantime, function between three and 4 flights per week.
Government sources instructed NDTV this implies home carriers are at a “significant disadvantage”.
“… is putting Indian carriers at a significant disadvantage resulting in inequitable distribution of traffic in favour of Lufthansa,” the sources mentioned.
The authorities proposed limiting Lufthansa’s flights to seven per week, which the airline rejected. Negotiations between each side are persevering with.
As worldwide air journey started slowly reopening internationally after months of coronavirus lockdowns, India arrange the air bubble – which permits nationals of every nation to journey in both route – with Germany in July.
Regularly scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended since March 23 because of the Covid lockdown. Domestic flights had been resumed May 25.
There are, nonetheless, restrictions in place for Indian nationals travelling to Germany and this, the federal government has mentioned, was placing home airways at an obstacle and resulted in “inequitable distribution of traffic in favour of Lufthansa”.
Including Germany, India has “air bubble agreements” with 13 nations. Some of the others are Australia, Japan, France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
With enter from PTI