V K Singh, Minister of State for Civil Aviation on Monday said that the average economy class fares on air bubbles flights of Air India, United Airlines, and Lufthansa are comparable to the average fares of pre-Covid level.
V K Singh in his written response to a question in Rajya Sabha said;
“As per details of fare submitted by Air India (the only Indian carrier operating to Europe and North America), United Airlines (operating between India and USA) and Lufthansa (operating between India and Germany), average fares for travel by economy class, under the air travel bubble arrangements, are comparable to the average fares during winter 2019 schedule (pre-Covid)”
Singh added that scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic had started spreading across the world.
Its worth mentioning that last month the Govt of India has announced it will resume operations of scheduled international flights with several countries starting 15th December 2021;
But due to the rising concerns over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron the DGCA of India on 01st December 2021 postponed the opening of scheduled international flights.
Currently, international passenger flights are being operated under bilateral air bubble arrangements with a total of 31 countries in a restricted manner.
Air Bubble Agreement with 31 Counties
Since July 2020, India has started forming bilateral air bubble arrangements and till now India has signed an air bubble agreement with a total of 31 countries which includes;
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, and Uzbekistan.