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Monday, 06 July, 2020, 13 : 00 PM [IST]
IAAI urges airlines to allow travel agents issue Vande Bharat Mission tickets

The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) has written to the CEOs of Air India, Air India Express and IndiGo requesting them to allow travel agents in India to issue tickets under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). 

“Provision to issue tickets in India will be a blessing for many of the Indians stranded in foreign countries jobless and without money to buy air tickets, can get help from their families or relatives in India. Many such families are in constant touch with our travel agencies looking for the provision to send air tickets to bring their relatives back to India and this will also helpful for the outbound passengers travelling from India to foreign countries, as many are clueless for a way out,” IAAI said in a statement.

Air India and Air India express have been given the authority to grant special permissions to all authorised travel agents in UAE to take part in this evacuation program. Travel agents in UAE are now allowed to issue tickets for Indian nationals who all are registered on the website of the Indian Consulates and fulfil the required entry conditions and desires to be repatriated by Vande Bharat Mission fights to India.

Further, with reference to the DGCA circular of 3rd July 2020, empowering the competent authority to allow international scheduled flights on selected routes case to case basis, we also wrote to the ministry of civil aviation and DGCA to understand the gravity of the present challenges and complexities due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the continuing lockdowns, and requested to take necessary steps to allow all authorized Indian Travel Agents to issue tickets on all flights operating to/from India under our great national move Vande Bharat Mission or evacuation/repatriation program.

In a statement by Advocate Jose Abraham, Global President, Pravasi Legal Cell said, "Facilities to issue tickets from India will be a great relief and support to many of our Indian community (Pravasi) stranded aboard without jobs and money". He also requested all concerned authorities to take appropriate steps to implement this process urgently.