After almost a 4-month break, India-US international flights to restart from today via ‘air bubbles’


‘United Airlines’, the American aircraft carrier will be flying 18 flights between India and the US beginning from today. Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister told India is working on equivalent agreements with the UK and Germany as well. 


The civil aviation ministry told yesterday that: International flights will re-commence operations from India to the US from today itself. India has set up individual two-sided  ‘air bubbles’ with France, Germany, and also with the US that will enable airlines of every country in the partnership to run international flights. 

United Airlines, an American aircraft carrier will be flying 18 flights between India and the US beginning from today until July 31.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated: “They (United) are flying a daily flight between Delhi and Newark and a thrice-a-week flight between Delhi and San Francisco.” 

Hardeep Singh Puri further added: “In an initiative to further expand our international civil aviation operations, air bubble arrangements with the US, UAE, France & Germany are being put in place while similar arrangements are also being worked out with several other countries.” 

Air France too will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Paris beginning from July 18 until August 1. 

An air bubble is a bilateral accord with a rigid set of regulations and constraints in which the aircraft carriers of the two countries can operate international flights. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed via tweet: “Under this arrangement airlines from the concerned countries will be able to operate flights from & to India along with Indian carriers. I have no doubt these will be beneficial for our citizens who are stressed & distressed abroad or those who want to fly out.” 

From India, Air India will start running flights to France, Germany, and the US beneath these bubbles.

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