Singapore is in talks with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs to restart scheduled commercial services with two daily flights each from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Singapore has announced that from November 29 it will open up its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for India and once the programme is in place there will be no need for quarantine for vaccinated passengers. As of now, repatriation is only taking place through Air India, under the Vande Bharat mission.
Technically, repatriation flights cannot be included under Singapore’s VTL arrangement and only scheduled commercial flights are included in this programme. There is huge demand for travellers from both sides.
Singapore is keen that Singapore airlines should restart partial operations to India. Sources said, talks for resumption of commercial flights between Singapore and India are moving in the right direction and there can be a decision soon.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is currently in Singapore and holding talks with top leadership, resumption of connectivity also came up during his talks. He met with the Singapore transport minister and discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries.
Jaishankar tweeted, “Began my Singapore visit by meeting S. Iswaran, Minister of Transport, discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries.”
Source: Business Standard, Hindustan Times