Directly Book International Flights From Agents, Apps; 1000 Daily Domestic Flights Operational
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has announced that passengers traveling abroad via non-scheduled commercial flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and bilateral air bubble agreement can now book tickets directly through airlines and don’t need to apply to the MoCA.
Read on to find out more…
International Air Travel Starting In A Phase-Wise Manner?
Currently, India has bilateral air bubble agreements with the US, the UK, Germany, France, UAE, and the Maldives. The negotiations with other countries over similar arrangements in underway.
On August 22, a standard protocol issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs stated that persons eligible to travel on non-scheduled commercial international flights ‘will apply to MoCA or to an agency/agencies designated by MoCA for this purpose with necessary details, including places of departure & arrival’.
However, the ministry declared that the ‘designated all the airlines operating under Vande Bharat Mission and air transport bubble arrangements as designated agencies for this purpose’.
The tweet also said, “Passengers may book tickets directly with the airlines concerned. They need not apply/register with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.”
Domestic Air Travel Resuming To Normal After Nearly 6 Months?
The scheduled flights have remained suspended since March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The mega repatriation mission started by the Government of India, the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) on May 6 has so far facilitated international air travel for over 13.5 lakh passengers. In May, the domestic flight operation resumed as well, although with regulations in place.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “More than 1000 flights operating in a day and more than 2 lakh passengers were present at the airport. More than 1 lakh passengers have traveled by domestic flights in a day in the country”.
From September 1, phase 6 of VBM will commence.