While announcing cancellation of its air services from September 30, Lufthansa had said it had applied for continuation of special flights
it was allowed to operate until the end of September.
Aviation safety regulator DGCA, however, said, "As against Indian carriers operating 3-4 flights a week, Lufthansa operated 20 flights a week. In spite of this disparity we offered to clear 7 flights a week for Lufthansa which was not accepted by them."
It, however, continued negotiations over the issues, resulting in resumption of services between the two countries.
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, special international passenger flights have been operating in India under the 'Vande Bharat Mission' since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed between India and other countries since July.