New Delhi: The United States on Tuesday  restricted charter flights from India, accusing the country of “unfair and discriminatory practices” by violating a treaty governing aviation between the two countries. Also Read - International Flights: Delhi Airport Handled Flights to These New Global Destinations For the First Time Ever During Lockdown

Issuing a statement, the US Department of Transportation said that a foreign air carrier of India “will be required, effective 30 days after the service date of this Order, to obtain prior approval from the Department in the form of a statement of authorization before operating any Third and/or Fourth Freedom charter flights to or from the US”. Also Read - 'TikTok Continues to Comply With All Data Privacy and Security Requirements Under Indian Law': CEO Kevin Mayer

“We are taking this action because the government of India has impaired the operating rights of US carriers and has engaged in discriminatory and restrictive practices with respect to US carrier services to and from India,” it added. Also Read - Let The Dependence on Foreign Apps Stop: Ravi Shankar Prasad on Centre Banning 59 Chinese Apps

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Notably, Air India is currently the only foreign air carrier of India that holds the Department authority to conduct operations to/from the US with its own aircraft and crew.