Wednesday, November 10, 2021

India keen to increase international flights, but restrictions may not be lifted

As India recovers from the aftermath of COVID-19 and the world opens up to travel again, the government is in discussions with both domestic and international airlines and other countries to increase flights, under the air bubble agreements, in order to meet the rising demand from international passengers, senior officials told Moneycontrol.

Under an air bubble arrangement between two countries, international passenger flights can be operated by their respective carriers to each other's territories, subject to certain conditions.

While the government is open to the idea of increasing flights to destinations on a need-to-be basis, it is still unlikely to lift the restrictions on international flights soon, officials said.

The government is looking to increase flights to Dubai, Singapore, France, the UK, the US, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia in the next few weeks, officials said.

“There are constant discussions between the high commission of every country, and, wherever required, we are looking to increase flights under the air bubble agreements,” an official said. It usually takes the government a week to review and allocate flights under the agreement, he said.

10/11/21 Yaruqhullah Khan/Moneycontrol

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