India to resume international flights to the United States and France, but only through “air bubbles”

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  • An air bubble is a bilateral agreement with a set of regulations and restrictions in which carriers from both countries can operate international flights.
  • Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said India is planning to establish a bubble with the United Kingdom under which there would be two flights a day between Delhi and London.

India established individual bilateral bubbles France and the United States will allow airlines from each pact country to operate international flights, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday, adding that a similar agreement with Germany and the United Kingdom Uni would soon be authorized.
Air France to operate 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Paris from July 18 to August 1, the minister said at a press conference, adding that the American airline United Airlines will operate 18 flights between India and the states – United from July 17 to July 31.

“They (United) fly daily between Delhi and Newark and fly three times a week between Delhi and San Francisco,” Puri noted.

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The minister said that India plans to establish a bubble with the United Kingdom soon, in which there would be two flights a day between Delhi and London.
“We also received a request from the Germans. I think the agreement with Lufthansa is almost complete… We are processing this request, ”said Puri.“Now we have many requests for air bubbles, but we have to be careful. We have to authorize as much as we can manage, ”noted the minister.

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From India, Air India will fly to France and the United States under these bubbles.

An air bubble is a bilateral agreement with a set of regulations and restrictions under which carriers from both countries can operate international flights.

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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After nearly two months of suspension to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the government resumed regular domestic passenger flights on May 25.

However, he then authorized the airlines to operate a maximum of 33% of their domestic flights prior to COVID. MOCA increased the limits on June 26 from 33% to 45%.

“We assume that by the time Diwali arrives this year, we will have 55-60% of the pre-COVID domestic flights operating in India,” Puri said at the press conference.


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