The Parliamentary Standing Committee on transport, tourism, and culture on Thursday urged the Central government to resume the scheduled international flight services to/from India.
This comes after a lot of countries have relaxed travel guidelines for the Indians and start international flights with India.
As per a report of ANI, TG Venkatesh, Chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Transport, Tourism, and Culture said that the committee is advocating for re-starting the scheduled international flights.
“We have told officials and Ministry in interactive meetings that we should allow international flights immediately to places wherever COVID cases are low and where there are islands and safe zones. Tourism department should be restored.”Venkatesh told ANI.Advertisement
DGCA Extends Flight Suspension
It must be noted that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the scheduled international flights to/from India have been suspended since 23rd March 2020 and recently the DGCA of India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till 31st August 2021.
The restrictions will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA (Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles)
Air Bubble Arrangements
Apart from the Vande Bharat Mission India has bilateral air bubble agreements with around 28 countries, which include — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan, and the US.