German citizens interested in visiting India will soon be able to do so, as the governments of both nations have agreed to resume additional flights between the two countries beginning January 19, according to India’s flag carrier airline Air India.
According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, this decision is part of the prior air bubble deal between Germany and India.
Air India has also announced that, in addition to its regularly scheduled flights, it will run extra flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to Bengaluru every Friday from January 19 to March 25.
The modifications were verified by India’s national carrier airline in a statement posted on Twitter.
“From January 19 to March 25, 2022, Air India will fly additional flights from Frankfurt to Bengaluru every Friday. Bookings are available through Air India’s website, booking offices, call centres, and authorised travel agents,” according to the company’s announcement.
The Indian government previously declared that it had struck an air bubble agreement with Germany to temporarily resume commercial passenger services while regular international flights are suspended owing to the epidemiological scenario caused by the Coronavirus and its new strain Omicron.
COVID-19 affects the Indian aviation industry
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India has recorded approximately 34,808,800 instances of Coronavirus infection since the outbreak began, with cases of the Omicron variety also being found.
As a result of the spike of COVID-19 infections, India has already suspended the operation of international passenger flights in India until January 31.
India’s authorities have also revealed plans to develop air bubbles with ten other countries, including Italy and Switzerland in Europe. Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Iraq, France, Japan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Netherlands, Rwanda, Russia, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, and United States of America are among the 35 countries with which India has temporary agreements (USA).
Meanwhile, Air India is awaiting its management shuffle with Tata Sons’ Talace taking over the airline from the Government. The deal is expected to close in January.