India bans more than 2,000 flights from mainland destinations
India has banned more than 3,000 commercial flights from the mainland this month, following the country’s decision to suspend passport applications from people from mainland China and other countries, and a string of similar bans in recent months.
The move follows the Indian government’s move to bar the entry of foreign nationals from mainland India, which had been in place for years.
In a statement, the Indian Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) said on Saturday that the decision to restrict flights was taken on December 12 following a meeting of all concerned government officials in New Delhi.
The decision to ban flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan was taken after a meeting between Indian officials and Singaporean officials, the ICAO said.
The airline that issued the ban was Air India, the airline said in a statement.
The move was welcomed by the travel industry, with airlines citing the travel restrictions as the impetus to improve their business and customer service in India.
However, the travel ban will have a negative impact on the airline’s business, especially as some airlines are looking to expand operations in India, said Arvind Kumar, chief executive officer of KPMG India.
India has been a major growth market for Indian airlines, which have been the countrys largest and most profitable.
The country has been witnessing a rise in business and investment activity in recent years, as the government tries to modernize the economy and cut dependence on oil, coal and the railways.
India is India’s second largest economy, after China, and is home to some 20 million people.
The economy is expected to grow by 7% this year, up from 7.2% in 2016, according to the Indian Statistical Yearbook.