International flights to resume as India establishes air travel bubbles with US, Germany, others


India has established individual bilateral bubbles with France, Germany and the US that will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights, said the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday.

A similar arrangement with the UK will soon be permitted, it added.

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Air France will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said at a press conference.

American carrier United Airlines will be flying 18 flights between India and the US from July 17 to 31, he added.

“They (United) are flying a daily flight between Delhi and Newark and a thrice-a-week flight between Delhi and San Francisco,” Puri noted.

The minister on Thursday said India is planning to establish a bubble with the UK soon under which there would be two flights per day between Delhi and London.

“We have got a request from Germans also. I think the arrangement with Lufthansa is almost done…We are processing that request,” Puri said.

However, later during the day, the Civil Aviation Ministry issued a statement that said, “Air bubbles established with US, France and Germany…Lufthansa will also be operating (flights).”

The statement also said, “Talk of an air bubble in an advanced stage with the UK.”

From India, Air India will be operating flights to France, Germany and the US under these bubbles.

An air bubble is a bilateral arrangement with a set of regulations and restrictions in which the carriers of the two countries can operate international flights.