Air India Announces Additional Flights to London From January 1, 2021 Under Air Bubble Agreement
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Air India has announced additional flights between India and UK under Air Bubble Agreement. Flights to London are scheduled from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Kolkata, Kochi & Goa. Bookings for the flight scheduled from January 1 to March 27, 2021 has opened. Flyers can book their ticket on the airline's official website, call centres or booking offices.
With the recent Air Bubble agreement with Ukraine, the number of countries goes up to 17. Ahead of this, in a recently held press conference, Minister Puri informed that Government of India has formalized air bubble arrangements with 16 countries adding countries like Oman, Bhutan on the list alongside earlier done agreements with countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.
The Minister also added that Government is in discussion with Italy, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and others for similar arrangements. And now, the arrangement with Ukraine is finalised, increasing the tally to 17 countries.
Air Bubble agreement is a bilateral air corridor being established between various countries to ease travel restrictions amidst travel ban imposed by various countries due to coronavirus. Despite the ban, India was among the first few nations to start repatriation drive as early as May to bring back stranded Indians. Soon after, Air Bubbles were established to further ease the travel.
Till now, govt has facilitated the repatriation and international travel of over 20 lakh people through different means since 6th May 2020. Minister Puri said that under Vande Bharat Mission, 17,11,128 people have travelled back to India and 2,97,536 people have travelled out of India.
As the government is easing the lockdown further to open up the economy, more and more people are flying in and out of the country for all sorts of purposes, right from business travel to education travel and even for tourist activities. These steps to ease down the lockdown are listed in monthly SOP guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).