After a gap of four months, India and the US started operating international flights from Friday. Operation of flights between the two countries came into effect after an air bubble agreement. American carrier United Airlines will operate 18 flights between India and the US from July 17 to 31.
In an initiative to further expand our international civil aviation operations, air bubble arrangements with US, UAE, France and Germany are being put in place while similar arrangements are also being worked out with several other countries, said Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, in his tweet.
Under air bubble arrangement, airlines from the countries concerned will be able to operate flights from and to India along with Indian carriers. “I have no doubt these will be beneficial for our citizens who are stressed and distressed abroad or those who want to fly out. Air France will be operating 28 flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1,” he added.
Under Mission Vandhe Bharat, 4,755 Indians returned to India on Thursday from the middle east. A similar agreement will soon be reached with the UK, Mr. Puri added.