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After nearly 4-month hiatus, India-US international flights to resume today via ‘air bubbles when will international flights resume

Given that the majority of the international flights will be operating out of some of the nation’s worst-affected cities, questions arise over whether India is being too hasty in resuming overseas travel.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Several nations across the world have partnered with regional neighbours to establish air bubbles of their own, each with varying rules and guidelines
  • New Zealand, which only last month had declared itself free of the virus, saw new cases emerge shortly after, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to postpone the operation of travel bubbles with Australia when will international flights resume
  • Delhi and Mumbai are, by far, two of the hardest hit cities in the country, and although both have made some progress in slowing the spread of the disease, neither have reached their peak yet

Yesterday, the Aviation Ministry announced the resumption of a number of international flights to the US, France and Germany under new ‘air bubbles,’ with UK also expected to be addded to that list in the coming weeks. Air France will operate 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1, while United Airlines, an American airline, will resume 18 flights between India and the US. 

The latest establishment of air bubbles comes on the heels of a previous arrangement between India and the UAE that has been in place since July 12, extending to July 26. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also noted that further international routes may be resumed once domestic capacity approaches between 50 to 55 per cent of pre-COVID levels. 

Given the countries’ continued battles with COVID-19 that has seen the tourism and travel sectors face, potentially, the hardest blow economically, air bubbles, or travel bubbles, have emerged as a key concept that could alleviate the plight of carriers in the short term. 

Several nations across the world have partnered with regional neighbours to establish air bubbles of their own, each with varying rules and guidelines. Under the rules set out by the Baltic nations of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, for instance, anyone who hasn’t travelled outside the three states within the last two weeks, who is not infected, and has not come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier, will be able to travel freely between the countries. 

However, it is worth noting that the three Baltic nations have, largely, been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 within their respective borders. Proactive suspension of international travel was believed to have been one of the most important measures in countries’ response to COVID-19, in lowering the prevalence of the disease. Despite this, it has taken just six months for the virus to reach the shores of over 200 countries.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Several nations across the world have partnered with regional neighbours to establish air bubbles of their own, each with varying rules and guidelines
  • New Zealand, which only last month had declared itself free of the virus, saw new cases emerge shortly after, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to postpone the operation of travel bubbles with Australia
  • Delhi and Mumbai are, by far, two of the hardest hit cities in the country, and although both have made some progress in slowing the spread of the disease, neither have reached their peak yet

Yesterday, the Aviation Ministry announced the resumption of a number of international flights to the US, France and Germany under new ‘air bubbles,’ with UK also expected to be addded to that list in the coming weeks. Air France will operate 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from July 18 to August 1, while United Airlines, an American airline, will resume 18 flights between India and the US. when will international flights resume

The latest establishment of air bubbles comes on the heels of a previous arrangement between India and the UAE that has been in place since July 12, extending to July 26. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also noted that further international routes may be resumed once domestic capacity approaches between 50 to 55 per cent of pre-COVID levels. 

Given the countries’ continued battles with COVID-19 that has seen the tourism and travel sectors face, potentially, the hardest blow economically, air bubbles, or travel bubbles, have emerged as a key concept that could alleviate the plight of carriers in the short term. 

Several nations across the world have partnered with regional neighbours to establish air bubbles of their own, each with varying rules and guidelines. Under the rules set out by the Baltic nations of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, for instance, anyone who hasn’t travelled outside the three states within the last two weeks, who is not infected, and has not come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier, will be able to travel freely between the countries. 

However, it is worth noting that the three Baltic nations have, largely, been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 within their respective borders. Proactive suspension of international travel was believed to have been one of the most important measures in countries’ response to COVID-19, in lowering the prevalence of the disease. Despite this, it has taken just six months for the virus to reach the shores of over 200 countries.when will international flights resume 

Is India being too hasty?

New Zealand, which only last month had declared itself free of the virus, saw new cases emerge shortly after, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to postpone the operation of travel bubbles with Australia. China too, had successfully contained the spread of the virus, but saw spikes in late March and April, resulting from the virus being imported into the country from travellers returning from overseas. 

In light of this threat, questions do arise over whether India, having crossed the one million mark for the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, is playing with fire, particularly in re-opening its borders to countries like the US which remains the world’s worst affected nation. COVID-19 rates have been falling gradually in the UK, but the nation still recorded over 640 cases in the last 24 hours. According to Worldometers, there are still over 60,000 active COVID-19 cases in France too.when will international flights resume.

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