No decision on restart of regular international flights today – The Economic Times

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“There were discussions on the expansion of bubble flights to countries beyond the existing ones and also on restart of international flights but no decision has been taken,” said a source.

New Delhi: The aviation ministry today had initial discussions with airlines on restarting scheduled international flights but no decision on restart of flights was taken today.

“There were discussions on the expansion of bubble flights to countries beyond the existing ones and also on restart of international flights but no decision has been taken,” said a source in the know.

ET reported exclusively today that the aviation ministry has called a meeting with airlines to discuss resuming international flights.

India had banned regular international flights in March but allowed limited international flights under Vande Bharat early May and later expanded it through air bubble arrangements with 23 countries.

India has bubble flight agreements with 23 countries including the US and the UK. Bubble agreements are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended and are reciprocal in nature.

This was the first time that the aviation ministry had called for discussions on restarting international flights and over six months since it allowed domestic flight operations in May.

The discussions on restart of flights have been initiated after the UK, the US and Canada started their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. Airlines, however, are not very hopeful of restart of international operations soon

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