The commercial flights between India and Singapore have now been suspended for around two years, however, according to recent sources, the air commute between the two countries might resume very soon. This development is taking place as India will now become a part of Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). VTL allows countries to quarantine free travel to Singapore and it is expected that India will join the list on November 29.
The Development of Events
The flights between Singapore and India were suspended in March of 2020 after the deadly virus hit the world and had a devastating impact. However, the reports from the Mint suggest that the Ministry of External Affairs and Civil Aviation of both the countries have been in talks to resume the commercial flights between the two countries. Also, although the flights between the two countries were suspended, Air India has been running ‘repatriation’ flights between the two destinations under the Vande Bharat Mission.
The scenario seems to be changing now as India is announced to become part of Singapore’s VLT program which will allow passengers for quarantine free travelling and only on-arrival covid tests. Similarly, India will allow passengers from Singapore who is already vaccinated. On the other hand, the capacity for commercial flights is limited and reports suggest that Singapore is looking to get access to 6 flights from India, two each from Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Additionally, Singapore Airlines and Air India are probable contenders for the commute between the two countries.
The news comes in as the world looks to open again after the unprecedented turn of events that took place when Covid hit the world. Singapore has recently gone from its borders closed for all international travel to now open for quarantine-free travel to countries like quarantine-free travel to Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.