The US will not be able by 2021 to fly from India via its Air India operations to the US mainland, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Tuesday.
Air India and DC Public Transportation (DPT) will be required to upgrade the DCP to include the new routes by 2021.
The DOT has already announced that it would waive the $3,000 in annual US taxes on airfare booked through DCP for US residents.US officials have been pressing the Indian government to expedite the roll-out of the new Air India services, which would include an upgrade to its Air Delhi service.
However, India has been unable to agree to such a plan due to disagreements over border security and other issues.
Indian officials are still waiting for US approval for Air India’s $US40 billion ($57 billion) acquisition of American airline American Airlines by 2021, which will see the Indian airline compete with US carriers such as Delta and United Airlines.
The Air India announcement follows earlier reports that the government was preparing to give up its control of DCP and instead transfer its duties and oversight to DPT, the Department of Transport.