Vistara will likely start flights from India to UK, Germany and France


NEW DELHI: Vistara is likely to begin flight operations between India and the UK, Germany and France under bilateral air bubble agreements that have been signed with these countries, said Sunday from sources in the aviation industry.
Earlier this month, India and the UK signed a bilateral air pact, under which airlines of the two countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions. India had signed similar bilateral pacts with Germany and France in July.
Vistara received its second widebody B787-9 on Saturday. It received its first B787-9 aircraft in February.
“Vistara has already secured the slots at Heathrow Airport in London. Flights between Delhi and London are expected to be announced in the coming days, ”an industry source told PTI.
The Delhi-London flight is expected to operate three times a week, the source added.
A large-body aircraft has a larger fuel tank which enables it to perform long-haul flights. Vistara has 43 aircraft in its fleet, 41 of which are narrow-body aircraft like the A320neo and the B737-800NG.
The full-service carrier is also likely to operate flights between India and Germany and India and France, another aviation industry source said, adding that the likely destinations for these flights are respectively Frankfurt and Paris.
It is not known which Indian cities will be connected to Frankfurt and Paris by Vistara.
The private carrier did not respond to questions sent by PTI on this subject.
Scheduled international passenger flights have remained suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The aviation industry has been severely affected due to travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries due to the pandemic. All airlines in India have opted for cost-cutting measures such as pay cuts, unpaid leave and dismissal of employees in order to save money.
India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a two-month gap. Airlines have been allowed to operate a maximum of 45% of their pre-COVID domestic flights.
However, the occupancy rate for Indian domestic flights has been around 50-60% since May 25.

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