Lufthansa offers empty planes to fly to India and carry passengers only on its outbound flights to destinations in Europe, senior government officials said on Tuesday.
German major Lufthansa has requested India to allow it and group airline Swiss to fly from some metros to its hubs in Europe – Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.
At the moment, Air India’s Vande Bharat Mission flights are the only connections for flying in and out of India apart from repatriation flights organised by foreign countries.
“We are willing to operate only outbound (flights with passengers) from India if we are allowed to transport all categories of persons as per the order of ministry of home affairs and if we can publish a schedule in advance for an entire period. We had requested this from the ministry of civil aviation,” said a Lufthansa representative.
The fares on these special flights is more that the fares charged on regular schedule services.
For instance, the Lufthansa group’s one-way Mumbai to Zurich and Frankfurt fares start at Rs 39,743 and Rs 38,273, respectively.
India has suspended schedule international services till the month-end, for now.
Recently, India allowed companies and organizations to charter international charter flights to fly stranded overseas compatriots. It also allowed some categories of foreigners to fly here on charters.
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