New Delhi: There will soon be more flights — at lower fares — to the US, UK and some EU nations. India has established “air bubbles” with US, France and Germany and is in “advanced stage talks” with UK for the same, the aviation ministry said Thursday. Air India has decided to lower fares of its Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights to these countries, reported Times of India.
“United is operating 18 flights between Delhi and US from July 17 to 31. Air France will operate 28 flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru from July 18 to August 1. Lufthansa will also be operating,” said a ministry spokesman.
Airlines of India and UAE are flying eligible passengers between the two countries till August 26, the ministry said.
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said he has asked UK to have its airlines operate flights to India under the proposed bubble. As of now, AI operates VBM flights between India and UK.
Repatriation flights being operated in the post-corona and pre-travel bubble era saw foreign airlines fly into India with no passengers while repatriating people out of here. “We are working to allow some people to fly in airlines of countries with which we are creating bubbles. The competition will further bring down fares,” minister Puri said.