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Interim flights to France, US to begin from July onwards

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said international flights may resume under bilateral air bubbles with other countries subject to certain conditions. He said this was because many countries including India were continuing with restrictions on entry of foreign nationals.

He said bilateral air bubbles was the answer to the current situation.

“We are at a very advanced stage of discussion with three countries and it is a work-in-progress. Air France will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1, while US will be flying 18 flights between July 17 to , but this is an interim one. German carriers have also requested flight permission to India and we are processing it,” Puri said.

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A bilateral air bubble refers to a travel corridor created between countries that may want to reopen their borders to each other.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that international passenger flight services in the country will resume in a phased manner during Unlock 2.0.