Saturday, July 18, 2020

'Bubble' brings relief: Diplomats, OCI card & Indian passport holders can travel on United's US-India flights

New Delhi: A day after the government announced creating travel bubbles with US, Germany and France, airlines of these countries have been allowed to bring in certain categories of passengers; as well as fly out Indians from here. So far airlines like United and Lufthansa were operating ferry flights (no passengers, only cargo) to India for flying out foreigners from here. Air India on Friday announced a slew of flights to the US till August-end and to Paris and Frankfurt. What’s more, AI is has said it will lower its fares further.

Under the bubble arrangement, now foreigners like diplomats and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders and Indian citizens can fly in on flights of those countries’ airlines to India, said a person in the know. And Indian citizens with valid documents can fly out on these flights.

India has allowed this on a reciprocal basis, removing the uncertainty that was surrounding AI flights to US from later this month and on carrying eligible passengers as pe government norms on its flights to France. This led to AI announcing more flights to these three countries.

Now diplomats, OCI card holders and Indian passport holders can travel on United's Newark-Delhi and San Francisco-Delhi sectors, said a person in the know. Indian citizens with valid documents can travel on United's India-US flights. United is currently operating only these two routes to India.

Similarly, Germany is learnt to have been allowed to fly Indian nationals destined for EU on its flights out of India as per home ministry guidelines. Till now only foreigners were allowed on those flights. Lufthansa is now allowed to bring in foreigners like diplomats and OCI card holders and stranded Indian citizens.
17/07/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment