In a letter to Civil Aviation, Stalin wrote that Tamils with permanent residentship of Singapore and Malaysia from the state who made their trip to India during COVID-19 pandemic are facing hardship for their return journey.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia requesting him to make a temporary 'air transport bubbles' agreement with Singapore and Malaysia to facilitate the movement of Tamil diaspora in these countries.
In the letter, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said Tamils with permanent residentship of Singapore and Malaysia and other travelers from the state who made their trip to India during the COVID-19 pandemic are facing hardship for their return journey due to "non-availability" of direct flight services.
"They have to travel through Dubai, Doha, and Colombo which is causing serious inconvenience and financial burden as they have to pay more air charges and travel through long distance due to the detour," Stalin mentioned in the letter.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister also stated that due to the lack of agreement of temporary 'Air Transport Bubbles' with Singapore and Malaysia, the travel business is being cornered by other foreign airlines like Qatar Airways, Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines and not India’s airlines.
On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said that international passenger flights are expected to regularise by the end of this year.
The scheduled international passenger flights are suspended till November 30, 2021. For some countries bubble, bubble agreements allow for only point-to-point traffic. Flights are currently being operated under air transport bubble agreements. The number of flights that are being operated is lower than the pre-pandemic period.