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US passenger flights to India can resume July 23

US passenger flights to India can resume July 23

Washington: The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S.-India market starting July 23, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.

The Indian government, citing the coronavirus, had banned all scheduled services, prompting the U.S. Transportation Department in June to accuse India of engaging in “unfair and discriminatory practices” on charter air carriers serving India.

The Transportation Department said it was withdrawing an order it had issued requiring Indian air carriers to apply for authorization prior to conducting charter flights, and said it had approved an Air India application for passenger charter flights between the United States and India.

A group representing major U.S. airlines and the Indian Embassy in Washington did not immediately comment on Friday.

The U.S. government said in June that Air India had been operating “repatriation” charter flights between India and the United States in both directions since May 7.

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