The Ministry of Civil Aviation has now started special flights to 18 countries under an Air Bubble arrangement from September. Tickets to sanctioned destinations can only be booked through the Air India airline. Any person willing to purchase the ticket can get it through the official website, Air India offices across India and through travel agents. If you are planning a visit, make sure you cross-check the list of approved cities before finalising your ticket. This move has been made as normal international passenger flights continue to be suspended till September 30 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The travel between India and other countries will be made possible because of the air-bubble pact under which some special international flights can commute between the two territories. Till now, only the schedule till September 30 has been released, reported the Mint. As per the report, the air-bubble pact has been formed with over 25 countries including UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, UK and France.
Here is a look at the cities to which people from India can travel:
- USA-Newark, Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco
- UAE- Abu Dhabi and Dubai
- UK-London and Birmingham
- Canada-Toronto and Vancouver
- Sri Lanka-Colombo
Due to the impact of the coronavirus, Indian airlines and airports incurred heavy monetary losses. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the loss in the financial year of 2021 alone was Rs 22,400 crore. This happened after flights were suspended from March 23, 2020 because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Quoting the ministry, the Mint report mentioned that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) reported a fall in its revenue. The extent of the reduction was such that in April-June 2019 the revenue generated was Rs 2,976.17 while the same in April-June 2021 was Rs 889 crore.