Allow chartered flights in Goa from ”safe” places:Tourism body

Allow chartered flights in Goa from ”safe” places:Tourism body

Panaji, Mar 3 (PTI) Ahead of the Goa Assembly”s budget
session, an apex tourism body here has urged the Pramod Sawant
government to allow chartered flights in the state from “safe
destinations” to boost tourism.

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), in a
memorandum to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday, said
various trade bodies have suggested to form travel bubbles
with Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other CIS (Commonwealth of
Independent States) countries, the UK, Poland and Finland for
these commercial flights.

The budget session of the Goa Assembly will be held
between March 24 and April 16.

Sawant will present the budget on March 24, a senior
official from the state legislature department said last week.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation last week
extended the suspension of international commercial passenger
flight services till March 31.

Scheduled international flight operations were
suspended from March 23 last year in the wake of the COVID-19
pandemic in the country.

Amid the suspension, special international flights
have been allowed under the Vande Bharat Mission since May
last year and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with
select countries since July.

Under an air bubble pact between two countries,
special international flights can be operated by their
airlines between their territories.

“We have proposed that chartered flights be allowed to
land in Goa from safe destinations and bubbles be formed,”
TTAG president Nilesh Shah said in the memorandum.

The state government should also provide landing and
airport fees waiver to foreign airlines and operators of
chartered flights for one year from March 1, 2021, he said.

This will help to revive the state”s tourism industry,
the TTAG said in its memorandum.

It also claimed that there are 5,000 to 7,000
unregistered service apartments, guest houses and home stays
in Goa that do not pay any taxes, while a number of hotels,
shacks and cruises are operating without license.

“They need to be brought under the tax net to increase
the state”s revenue so that law abiding and legitimate
businesses are not overburdened and there is a level-playing
field,” the memorandum said. PTI RPS

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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