The German airline Lufthansa announced on Monday as part of a “bilateral agreement” between the governments that it would begin its flight service from Frankfurt to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru from August 13th.
The company will also offer flight services on the Munich-Delhi route.
According to a press release, the European airline has been offering flights from India to its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for several months.
The airline major on Monday made the announcement saying Indian citizens are eligible to travel on Lufthansa flights to India from the US, Canada, and other countries.
“Following a bilateral agreement between India and Germany, incoming passenger flights to India will be resumed from August 13,” Lufthansa said in the press release.
Based in the established agreement, Lufthansa will operate flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru with immediate effect.
“Lufthansa has already been operating outbound flights from India for several months, departing from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore (Bengaluru) to its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, the latter being Europe’s only five star airport,” the airline further added in the statement.
With flights from Germany to India, Lufthansa can help people return to India and facilitate business travel as the world gradually opens up, said George Ettiyil, Senior Director of Sales in South Asia at the Lufthansa Group.
Planned international passenger flights have been suspended in India since the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, however, various repatriation and charter flights are being carried out to fly back stranded Indians in various countries and also to transport foreigners stuck in India to their countries.
Lufthansa announced in the press release that it has been making a PCR coronavirus test system available to Indian customers at Frankfurt and Munich airports since July.
“Both coronavirus test centers at our hubs in Frankfurt and Munich offer customers the option of having a negative coronavirus test in hand to avoid being quarantined when they arrive in Germany,” said Ettiyil.
India last month announced the establishment of individual bilateral bubbles with France and the US that will allow airlines from each country in the pact to operate international flights and announced that a similar deal with Germany and the UK was in sight.
An air travel bubble is a bilateral agreement with a set of rules and restrictions that allow airlines in both countries to operate international flights.