Monday, 18 October 2021

India started international flights to 49 cities

India started international flights to 49 cities

As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation's latest notification, India has started flights between 49 cities under the Air Bubble arrangement with 18 countries in September. Under an air-bubble pact between two countries, their airlines can operate special international flights between their territories.

The schedule of these flights is available only till September 30.

However, the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights continued until September 30 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

India has formed air-bubble pacts with around 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France.

If a passenger plans to visit abroad, they may check the list of cities with which India has approved the air bubble agreement. Also, passengers need to book tickets to these countries via the Air India website, Air India offices, and travel agents.

As part of the Air-bubble agreement, India resumed flight with Bangladesh on September 3. The other international cities where passengers can travel in September are:

1. Afghanistan-Kabul

2. Bahrain-Bahrain

3. Bangladesh-Dhaka

4. Canada-Toronto and Vancouver

5. France-Paris

6. Germany-Frankfurt

7. Japan-Narita

8. Kenya-Nairobi

9. Kuwait-Kuwait

10. Maldives-Male

11. Nepal-Kathmandu

12. Oman-Muscat

13. Russia-Moscow

14. Sri Lanka-Colombo

15. UAE-Dubai and Abu Dhabi

16. UK-London and Birmingham

17. USA-Chicago, Washington, Newark, and San Francisco

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Read More: DGCA Suspends international flights and extended till September 30

According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Indian airlines and airports incurred financial losses worth ₹22,400 crore in 2021 as the country suspended flight operations on March 23 due to the Covid pandemic.

Though domestic airline operations resumed in May 2020, international flights operated under the Air Bubble agreements and Vande Bharat mission.

As per the ministry, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has reported a reduction in revenue from ₹2,976.17 crores during April-June 2019 to approx ₹889 crores during April-June 2021.

India has formed air-bubble pacts with around 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France.

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