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India establishes “ Air Bubbles” with US and France

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

The Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23

due to the coronavirus pandemic. After nearly two months of suspension to fight the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the government resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25. India has now decided to establish air bubbles which are a bilateral arrangement with a set of regulations and restrictions in which the carriers of the two countries can operate international flights.

The Civil Aviation Minister Harmandeep Singh Puri said on Thursday( 16th July) at a press

conference that India has established bilateral air travel bubbles with the US and France which will allow the airlines of either country to operate international flights from July 17th onwards. To add on, he mentioned that a similar arrangement with Germany and the UK will be soon permitted.

The minister also added that Air France will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai,

Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1 and adding to that American carrier United

Airlines will be flying 18 flights between India and the US from July 17 to July 31. Further, the

minister has said that India is planning to establish air bubbles with the UK as well which will allow two flights per day between India and London.

Although the domestic air services started on May 25th, only 33 percent of the pre- COVID

operations were allowed. But recently, the MOCA ( Ministry of Civil Aviation) has increased the limits on June 26 from 33 percent to 45 percent and the ministry is hoping that by the time Diwali comes this year, they would be operating at least 55-60 percent of the pre- COVID flights.

Reporter : Jaya Anisika.S