Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri in a press conference today said Air France and united airlines is all set to restart international flight operations from India.
Puri said Air France will be operating 28 flights on the Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru sector between July 18-August 1.
While United Airlines will be operating 18 flights between India and the US between July 17-31, daily between Delhi-Newark and thrice a week between Delhi-San Francisco.
Puri also added that negotiations with Lufthansa are almost done and it will also start the flight operation in India soon.
While speaking about the resumption of international flight operation puri add “All arrangements depend on the behavior of the virus, in the normal operating environment we would have just opened it up to normal traffic.”
“We opened domestic traffic from May 25, but we are still at 33 percent, we want to do more, but many of our cities are going into additional restrictions, some are extending lockdowns. Presently, we are navigating through a difficult terrain, which is affected by the virus, this is the case with other countries that we fly to.”
Talking about the fares, Puri said, “It’s not a normal commercial operation, we started with fixed fares and in the Gulf, we tried to keep the fares low. We wanted the Vande Bharat flights to be at an affordable and reasonable price. Even on the long-haul routes, the fares have been brought down. With foreign airlines coming in there will be an element of competition, which will be market-driven.”
Rajiv Bansal, CMD, Air India, said, “The fares for UAE range between INR 13,000-15,000 from various Indian cities, the fares to US and Canada were at INR 1 lakh and have been brought down by 25 percent and going forward we’ll further bring it down, similarly for UK and Europe, the fares have come down and will further come down.”
(With Inputs From ETT)