On Monday, 22 June the Government of The United States of America restricted the incoming of special Indian charter flights into the country. The reason for so it stated was India’s involvement in practices that were unfair and discriminatory. As per the Government of the USA these practices violated the aviation treaty which was made between the two countries.
As per the reports of IANS, the US transport department accused Air India Limited for plying flights to repatriate citizens during the travel lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19.
Further, the department of transport said that actions of Air India Limited were causing a competitive disadvantage for US careers as US Airlines were restricted from flying to India by aviation regulators present there.
“The charters go beyond true repatriations, and it appears that Air India may be using repatriation charters as a way of circumventing that nation’s flight restrictions,” said the Department in a press statement.
The statement further added that the order will be effective within 30 days.
Now Indian Airlines Limited has to apply to the US transport department before the continuation of charter flights. This is so, as it would closely scrutinize the said flight.
Once India takes back its restrictions on incoming flights from the US, the transport department will consider its decision as stated in the statement further.
This action against India comes weeks after the Department placed restrictions of Chinese carriers coming into the US, accusing China of “unfairly banning” American carriers into the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The impasse was partly resolved when on 15 June the US agreed to allow four flights a week from China after it allowed the same number of US flights.
Air India and the Indian Embassy are yet to respond to these allegations and the Transport Department’s order.