Germany’s Lufthansa has axed its flights to India until October 20. Until now, the airline was running around 20 flights a week to India. But tensions arose between India and Germany over a real or perceived bias towards Lufthansa on routes between the two countries. The Indian Government then knocked back Lufthansa’s proposed October schedule for India-bound flights. In response, Lufthansa has suspended its flights to India between September 30 and October 20.
Indian government unhappy with Lufthansa’s market dominance
In July, the creation of a travel bubble began facilitating travel between European Union countries and India. But the Indian Government says there are still barriers in place for its citizens trying to go to Germany.
‘There are restrictions in place for Indian nationals desiring to travel to Germany which was putting Indian carriers at a significant disadvantage resulting in an inequitable distribution of traffic in favor of Lufthansa,” the Times of India reports a Government official saying.
“As against Indian carriers operating three to four flights a week, Lufthansa operated 20 flights a week. Despite this disparity, we offered to clear seven flights a week for Lufthansa, which was not accepted by them.”
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