IATO welcomes resumption of international flight operations from December 15

Normalisation of flight operation to reduce airfares and make it attractive for foreign tourists to visit India

IATO expresses gratitude to the Government for taking the decision for resumption of regular International Flight Operations from December 15, 2021. According to  Rajiv Mehra, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), " It is a sigh of relief for us as we had almost zero income for past almost two years in the absence of foreign tourist arrival. Wholeheartedly, we welcome the decision. However, it was also a much-awaited one too, as in the absence of normal running of international flights the opening of Tourist Visas including e-Tourist Visa from November 15 was not much of help as airfares were exorbitantly high. This normalisation of flight operation would reduce the airfares and make it attractive for foreign tourists to visit India for leisure and other industry. We further appeal to the Government to also look into the possibilities of resuming international flights from the countries which have been barred particularly from the source markets like the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore as these are our traditional source markets and a lot of foreign tourists travel from these countries. "


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