India In Advanced Talks With US, France To Establish 'Air Bubbles' For Allowing Bilateral Flight Services Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri (Pic Via Twitter)

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said India is in negotiations with three countries to establish 'Air Bubble' arrangements for allowing flight services under pre-conditions.

In aviation parlance, 'Air Bubble' travel arrangements are established between two countries under a certain set of safety and passenger travelling conditions such as high demand, legal entry and exit norms and airlines' willingness to operate on these sectors.

Puri said that India has allowed Air France to operate 28 flights to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai from 18 July to 1 August, while US-based United Airlines has been allowed to operate 18 flights between 17-31 July, and negotiations are on with Germany regarding operations of Lufthansa flights to India.

At present, the civil aviation authorities of India and the UAE have agreed to allow operations of special repatriation flights between the two countries during 12-26 July.

As per the arrangement, chartered flights operated by UAE carriers to fly out Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approved UAE residents to their native country on their return leg.

Further, Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry the ICA-approved UAE residents on their onward journey from India to the Gulf country.

Currently, the suspension on scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India have been extended till 31 July.

In repatriation operations under the Vande Bharat Mission, Puri said that till 15 July, 687,467 passengers have been brought back to India.

On domestic operations, the minister said that passenger traffic is still under 33 per cent of capacity which comes to 100,000 passengers per day.

However, he exuded optimism that this number might rise to 55-60 per cent by November.

The story has been published via a syndicated feed only the headline has been changed

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement