Thursday, July 23, 2020

Air Bubble flights await State Government nod

Bangalore: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has given approval for launching Air Bubble flights, under which foreign airlines can operate flights to India. However, in order to make it operational to Bengaluru, the airlines would require consent from the State government.
Last week, the MoCA announced that air bubble arrangement with countries like the US, France, Germany and UAE has been worked out to allow foreign airlines to operate flights to India. Following this, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said it is in discussion with airlines to operate flights on select routes. “BIAL is in discussion with airlines on opening up select routes to countries approved by the Government of India. Currently, these are France, Germany, US and UAE. While the DGCA has given approvals, operationalisation of these routes is subject to individual airlines getting Government of Karnataka approvals too, “ BIAL spokesperson told BM.
International airlines have been barred from operating flights in the Indian airspace since March 25 and MoCA has extended this ban on commercial international flights operations to India till July 31. India has been operating only repatriation flights to fly back Indian nationals from abroad under the Vande Bharat mission. Initially, only Air India was allowed to operate flights and later, private operators like Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir were also roped in. But, in June, France and the US announced restrictions on Air India’s repatriation under the mission. The US Department of Transportation had issued an order, which required Indian air carriers to apply to the Department for statements of authorisation before conducting charter flights.
23/07/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror
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