U.S stops Air India flights bringing stranded Indian back stating ‘discriminatory practices’
The United States of America has restricted the Air India’s Repatriation Flights that are bringing the stranded Indians back from the U.S under the Vande Bharat Mission. The U.S has accused India of ‘discriminatory and restrictive practices’.
The US has alleged that India is breaching the aviation agreement and has not started international flights during the Coronavirus pandemic and has rather set up Air India flights to take back stranded Indians.The U.S DoT has said, "We will consider lifting the ban only when India also gives exemption.” The department has also alleged that Air India is advertising a schedule of over 50% additional flights than the pre-Coronavirus period and it seems that the airline is cheating people in the name of return.
The DoT of America said, "We are taking this action because the government of India has impaired the operating rights of US carriers and has engaged in discriminatory and restrictive practices with respect to US carrier services to and from India.”
On the other hand, the Transport Department of America has alleged that the Indian government has put a stay for American Airlines which is causing a loss in competition to American Airlines.
In yet another decision, the U.S has also suspended the H-1B visas along with other foreign work visas till the end of 2020 to protect the American unemployed. The new restrictions will take effect from June 24.