Hong Kong Not Allowing Flights From India, Have Applied For Permission: Centre

Scheduled worldwide flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 (Representational)

New Delhi:

Hong Kong just isn’t permitting flights from India and the Centre is in discussions with the Kuwait authorities to ascertain a bilateral air bubble, mentioned the Civil Aviation Ministry on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, India had fashioned bilateral air bubbles with international locations such because the UAE, the US, Germany and France. Below the pact whereby an air bubble is established between two international locations, the airways of each are allowed to function particular worldwide constitution flights throughout sure restrictions.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Civil aviation entry is a matter of reciprocal bilateral preparations. So far as flights to & from Hong Kong are involved, the issue is that HK just isn’t permitting flights from sure locations of origin together with India. @airindiain has utilized for permission with the authorities,” the ministry mentioned on Twitter.

Important progress has been made on aviation entry between India and Kuwait, it famous in one other tweet.

“Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and President of Kuwait’s Directorate Common of Civil Aviation had helpful & productive discussions on a number of points associated with bilateral entry between our two international locations which will probably be resolved quickly,” the ministry mentioned.

Since Might 6, worldwide constitution flights have been operated by Air India beneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded individuals attain their locations. Non-public carriers have additionally operated a sure variety of flights beneath this mission.

The aviation sector has been considerably impacted as a result of journey restrictions imposed in India and different international locations in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures resembling pay cuts, leave-without-pay and firings of workers to be able to preserve money.

India resumed home passenger flights from Might 25 after a spot of two months as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The airways have been allowed to function solely a most of 45 per cent of their pre-COVID home flights.

Nevertheless, occupancy price in Indian home flights has been round simply 50-60 per cent since Might 25.

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