International aviation operations were severely affected due to the outbreak of Covid-19. As the cases were rising rapidly, all the nations banned both domestic and international operations to stop the spread of the deadly virus. However, slowly nations started operating domestic flights to help stranded people reach their destinations. Now, to ease the entire operations in India and the UK, a deal has been finalised between the nations for international operations. The flag carrier of the United Kingdom, British Airways will operate international flights to India under the agreement and help passengers reach their desired destinations.
British Airways Will Operate Flights to Delhi
British Airways is a part of the air bubble agreement between India and the United Kingdom. British Airways has already started bookings for international flights. The flights will operate from London and fly to Delhi on August 19, 2020.
State-owned carrier Air India will also be a part of international operations. The airline will operate flights to the UK from August 4, 2020, to August 27, 2020. All the flights by Air India will be operated under the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Also, the bookings for the flight will start on July 28.
India has Signed Air Bubbleswith Various Nations
International operations are being carried out with all the safety and precautionary measures to ensure the safety of passengers in the entire process of boarding and travelling. State-owned carrier Air India has been operating various flights to international destinations under the Vande Bharat Mission. However, India has signed air bubbles agreement with various nations to allow two-way reparation flights. India has signed time-bound agreements with various nations like the US, Germany and Paris. It is also expected that more agreements will be signed with different nations in future.
UK Government has Allowed One Month Grace Period for Expired Visas
Since there are multiple restrictions on international flights, the UK government has allowed a one-month grace period for all the expired visas, including Indians who are stuck due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The grace period will be available until August 31, 2020.