India Announces “Air Bubbles” With US, France; Flights From Tomorrow
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said India is working on similar agreements with the UK and Germany too.
New Delhi: India has signed bilateral agreements with France and the US that will allow airlines of each country to operate international flights starting Friday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday, adding that similar arrangements with Germany and the UK are being worked out too.
“Till international civil aviation can reclaim its pre-COVID numbers, I think the answer lies in bilateral air bubbles which will carry a possible number of people but under defined conditions as countries are still imposing entry restrictions including India,” the minister said at a news conference.
American carrier United Airlines will be flying 18 flights between India and the US from July 17 to July 31 and Air France will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1, he said.
“They (United) are flying a daily flight between Delhi and Newark and a thrice-a-week flight between Delhi and San Francisco,” Mr Puri said.
The minister said India is planning to establish such agreements with the UK soon under which there would be two flights per day between Delhi and London.