Saturday, October 24, 2020

Flights to Germany resume as Europe gets hit

With the second wave of covid-19 spreading across Europe and flights to and from Germany resuming next week, covid cases are expected to rise in the days to come. 
Lufthansa had earlier cancelled its flights to and from India, after a disagreement took place over the number of flights that were being operated. In addition, the Frankfurt-Bengaluru route is also resuming after three and a half weeks. Starting next week, Air India flights will operate between India and Germany after the recommencement of Air Bubble agreement between the two countries. 
The national carrier will operate two weekly flights between Bengaluru and Frankfurt from October 26 to March 28. Similarly, German-carrier Lufthansa which had suspended flight services to India, will operate 10 weekly flights to India out of which three are to and from Bengaluru. Currently, Bengaluru is connected to European cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam through Air Bubbles and the Vande Bharat Mission. 
According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Indian and German carriers are now permitted to operate flights between the two countries. Lufthansa’s website mentions special criteria for travelling under the current agreement. Any Indian national holding a valid German visa or a valid Schengen visa, travelling to any country in the Schengen zone/European Union (EU) are allowed to travel, said the website.
Stranded nationals, residents of any country in the Schengen zone/EU, foreign nationals destined for Germany or transiting through Germany or spouses of these persons, can also travel, according to the agreement. With covid-19 cases rising in Europe, there are mandatory requirements which passengers will have to undergo before and after entering India. The passengers will have to submit a selfdeclaration form three days (72 hours) before their scheduled travel. 
24/10/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror 
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