Indian air carriers to resume ground handling operations in the U.S.: Transportation Department

In a statement, the U.S. Transportation Department said, it plans to restore the ability of Indian air carriers to conduct ground handling operations at U.S. airports.

The quid-pro-quo moves comes in the wake of India allowing U.S. air carriers to perform ground handling operations at Indian airports, said the Department.

These ground handling operations include services to facilitate an aircraft in preparation and conclusion of flights, including de-icing, ticketing, check-in, baggage sorting, and refueling.

Air India will be allowed to resume ground handling operations after the Department passes its final order.

Citing the Wuhan Coronavirus induced pandemic, the Indian government had stopped all scheduled services from the United States, prompting the U.S. Transportation Department charging India with engaging in “unfair and discriminatory practices” on charter air carriers serving India.

In late July, India agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume flights after adopting stringent standard operating procedures.

In June, the Trump administration had said, it wanted “to restore a level playing field for U.S. airlines” under the U.S.-India Air Transport Agreement.

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