Good news for all travellers!
The Indian Aviation Ministry has announced that India will start operating international flights to USA, France and Germany.
Under this arrangement airlines from the concerned countries will be able to operate flights from & to India along with Indian carriers. I have no doubt these will be beneficial for our citizens who are stressed & distressed abroad or those who want to fly out.Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Aviation, India
What this means is that those who want to travel from India to USA and back can now do so with the help of air bubbles. But what exactly are these “air bubbles?”
What are Air Bubbles?
Air Bubbles are special flights, a little better in service and features than “Vande Bharat” flights, but not yet normal flights.
Can you book tickets to US yourself?
Yes, you can book tickets to USA and India (to and fro) yourself through the airline websites. But right now, since there is so much demand among travellers, you might need to make the bookings asap.
Which airlines are operating flights to USA and India?
You can buy flight tickets from most online portals like MakeMyTrip or better yet, directly from the airline. Currently, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada and Air India are the major airlines on which you can book tickets between USA and India.
Please make sure that you check directly with the airlines before buying ticket because, not all flights are operational even though airlines are opening ticket booking options.
Who can travel to and from India on these flights?
Apparently, this is defined by the airline itself. And each airline have their own policy. United Airlines is welcoming all, who wants to travel to India from USA (and back).
However, certain airlines like Air France, has stated that they are currently only operating repatriation flights.
Also, getting a travel insurance that covers COVID 19 might be a good idea.