A lot of people have been asking about the resumption of international flights for quite some time now. But there was no clarity from the authorities or the government. To answer everyone’s questions, Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Civil Aviation Minister addressed the nation yesterday. He said that international flights for the USA will start from July 17, 2020. There are more destinations such as France being added to the list of international operations which will start very soon as well. India has entered into a bilateral bubble with the US and France to operate flights in the coming days. A similar ‘bubble’ arrangement will come with the UK and Germany very soon as well.
International Flights from the US to Start from July 17
Hardeep Singh Puri said that United Airlines will start flying to India from July 16. United Airlines is an American air carrier. The airline will fly 18 international flights between the US and India in the period — July 17 to July 31. There will be flights connecting Newark and Delhi daily. Along with that, there will be thrice a week flights connecting Delhi and San Francisco.
Puri said, “In case of the United States, we have an agreement with United Airlines to operate 18 flights between India and US from July 17 to 31 but this is an interim one.”
Other Destinations Such as France, UK, and Germany to be Added Soon
The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Sing Puri said that international flights to France will also start from July 18, 2020. Now, Air France has permission to fly to India. It will reach to destinations in India such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi. These flights will take place between the period — July 18 to August 1. Each of these flights will go to Paris only.
As for other international destinations, it is something to wait and watch for. It depends on the international destination’s compliance. More air bubble agreements are going to come for other international destinations.