Vistara Will Start Flights To UK, Germany, France From India: Timing, Routes, Fares
After SpiceJet, Vistara will likely start flights on the India-UK, India-Germany, and India-France routes under the bilateral air bubble agreement, sources in the aviation industry said on August 16.
Read on to find out more…
Vistara To Fly To UK, Germany, and France!
On August 15, Vistara received its second wide-body B787-9 aircraft. The first was received by earlier this year in February.
The wide-body aircraft with a range of up to 14,800 km and designed for cabin comfort has a bigger fuel tank for long-haul flights.
The private carrier already has a total of 43 planes in its fleet, of which 41 are narrow-body aircraft like A320neo and B737-800NG.
Routes And Timing
The Delhi-London flight will probably operate thrice a week, the source added.
“Vistara has already got the slots at the Heathrow airport in London. The flights between Delhi and London are likely to be announced in the next few days,” an industry source told PTI.
The flights will likely be announced in the next few days.
The probable destinations for Vistara when operating to Germany and France are Frankfurt and Paris respectively, another aviation industry source said. Although the Indian cities connecting Germany and France are not clarified.
Last month, SpiceJet operated flights to London’s Heathrow airport.
More Air Bubbles To Be Established!
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23.
India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25 which allowed the airlines to operate only 45% of the domestic flights pre-COVID-19.
In its phase 5 of the Vande Bharat mission which started earlier this month, India has established bilateral air bubble agreements with various countries including the UK to repatriate stranded citizens.
Bilateral ‘air bubbles’ or air corridors is an arrangement between countries to control from which country the travelers come from. This arrangement depends on three crucial factors:
1) The COVID-19 status and control in both countries,
2) Their dependence on each other, commercially and culturally,
3) The demand.
In July, similar air bubble pacts were signed with Germany and France.
The Centre is in talks with more countries to establish similar bilateral air bubble agreements in the days to come.