FAQ|Here’s Everything You Need to Know About International Flights Under the Air Bubbles

The Ministry of Civil Aviation recently announced that it has established bilateral air bubbles with countries including the US, France, and Germany. Following the same, the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that Air India will operate International flights from July 22 to August 31. The routes include 30 flights a week to the US (New York, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey, and San Francisco), 4 flights a week to Germany (Frankfurt) and 3 flights a week to France (Paris).

Establishment of similar air corridors between India and countries including Canada, the UK, other European and Gulf countries are underway as well. Passengers who wish to travel to the aforementioned countries can refer to the quick guide below to familiarise with the regulations.

An air bubble is essentially a temporary arrangement between two countries to restart commercial flight services at a time when regular international flights are suspended due to COVID-19. Under the arrangement, airlines from both countries are allowed to operate.

Under the new arrangements, airlines including Air India, United Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa will operate to and fro from their respective countries.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India’s national airline carrier Air India will operate approximately 222 flights to destinations including the US, France and Germany between July 22 and August 31.Similarly, Air France is operating 28 flights from July 18 to August 1 while the United Airlines is operating 18 flights between Delhi and US till July end.

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