Air India Starts Direct Flights Between Goa And London Under Air Bubble Agreement


Indian national carrier Air India has started direct flight services between Goa and London on 18th Oct 2020 under the air bubble agreement.

As per the official Twitter handle of Goa Airport; Initially, Air India will operate a weekly flight between Goa And Delhi, and from the month of November will be increased to bi-weekly service.

“Important day for Goa International Airport. Today Air India starts its direct flight LHR-GOI-LHR, B787. Initially once a week then twice a week from November under Air Bubble. Goa connects to London directly now,” Goa Airport Twitted.

Air India is operating these flights under the air bubble agreement; India has created an air travel arrangement with the United Kingdom. Indian and UK carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and UK and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:

  • From India to the UK
    • Stranded UK nationals/residents, foreign nationals transiting through UK or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise;
    • Any Indian national holding any type of valid UK visa and destined for the UK only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the UK with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and
    • Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping
  • From the UK to India
    • Stranded Indian nationals;
    • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UK passports; and
    • Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

Moreover, full-service carrier Vistara on Thursday said that it will increase the frequency of its Delhi-London flights from November 21.

Vistara in a press release said that “We will operate five flights a week on the Delhi-London route from 21st November 2020, instead of four a week being operated currently, and a daily service from 1st December 2020”

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