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AI cancels Frankfurt flights till Oct 14 after Germany withdraws permission

The government officials said Thursday the airline has cancelled 10 Delhi-Frankfurt flights and two Bengaluru-Frankfurt flights that were scheduled till October 14

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Air India | Germany | international flights

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The German carrier said it

has cancelled all 12 flights between Frankfurt and India till October 14 after withdrew permission to operate them, said senior government officials on Thursday.

Two days ago, said it will have to cancel all "planned flights" between India and from September 30 to October 20 because of an "unexpected rejection" of its flight schedule by the Indian authorities.

The government officials said Thursday the airline has cancelled 10 Delhi-Frankfurt flights and two Bengaluru-Frankfurt flights that were scheduled till October 14.

"The permission for all Frankfurt flights till October 14 has been withdrawn by the German authorities," said one of the officials.

did not respond to the request for a statement from PTI on this matter.


said on Tuesday it had applied for continuation of the special flights it was allowed to operate until the end of September but would now have to cancel the flights because of the "unexpected rejection".

The German carrier said it "sincerely urges" Indian authorities to work together with the German government to establish a temporary travel agreement between both the countries.

However, Indian aviation regulator said Tuesday that there are restrictions in place for Indian nationals desiring to travel to which was putting Indian carriers at a significant disadvantage resulting in inequitable distribution of traffic in favour of

"As against Indian carriers operating 3-4 flights a week, Lufthansa operated 20 flights a week. In spite of this disparity we offered to clear 7 flights a week for Lufthansa which was not accepted by them. Negotiations continue," it noted.

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the lockdown. However, special flights have been permitted under "air bubble" arrangements India has formed with 16 countries, including Germany.

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First Published: Thu, October 01 2020. 21:54 IST
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