International Fights To US, Canada, Europe, Gulf Will Start Soon; Govt Is In Talks To Form ‘Bilateral Bubbles’
As per fresh news coming in, India is discussing the establishment of individual bilateral bubbles with the US and Canada and the countries in European and Gulf regions.
Airlines of the above country will be allowed to operate international flights.
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Individual Bilateral Bubbles To Be Established With Multiple Countries
The Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI), Arvind Singh, has confirmed the news and said that India is considering establishing individual bilateral bubbles with the US, UK, Germany, and France, and this news was also seconded by The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
Singh revealed, “We are working on a consensus to restart the international flights. This is going to be through air bubbles. Talks are mainly going on between India and the US, India and Canada, India and Europe and India and the Gulf countries to start flights in these bubbles.”
He also said that the discussions with these countries is going on at a very advanced level and they are taking efforts to restart international flights as soon as possible.
He was speaking at it a webinar organized by the GMR group, called “Reposing the faith in flying”.
High Rise In Demand For International Flights
The MOCA also revealed that they have been contemplating opening up the possibility of establishing individual bilateral bubbles between these countries due to the rise in demand for the flights.
The MOCA said, “As we contemplate further opening up in response to demands, we are looking at the prospect of establishing individual bilateral bubbles, India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK. These are all destinations where demand for travel has not diminished.”
The international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 when the lockdown was imposed countrywide to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic. Indians have been stranded on foreign land for which the government has also planned the Vande Bharat mission to repatriate the Indian nationals.
The US Department of Transport (DOT) had also announced that passenger repatriation charter flights by Air India may be used as a mode of circumvention of the prohibition of all the scheduled international services imposed by the government of India.