Without responding directly to the allegations levelled by the US Transportation Department that it was discriminating against foreign carriers, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said that it is "now looking at the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements".
"We have received requests from concerned authorities in several countries including US, France, Germany among others requesting that their air carriers be allowed to participate in transportation of passengers along the line being conducted by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission. These requests are being examined," the Ministry said on its Twitter handle.
The statement came after the US Department has asked for a "level playing field for US airlines" under the US-India Air Transport Agreement and issued an order requiring Indian air carriers to apply for authorisation prior to conducting charter flights.
It's basic grouse was that even as Air India flew in and out of the US airports, under Vande Bharat Mission, American airlines weren't allowed to do the same.