New Delhi: As part of the Air Bubble Agreement, the national airline Air India announced on Friday that it would operate flights between India and Germany from October 26th to March 28th. Passengers can book their tickets on the airline’s official website, in call centers or in booking offices. Also read – International flights: Air India announces additional flights to London January 1st, bookings start | Details here
“Air India will operate flights between India and Germany from October 26th ’20 to March 28th ’21. Bookings are opened through the AI website, booking offices, call centers and authorized travel agents, ”the airline tweeted. Also Read – Is India Flattening The COVID-19 Curve? Active cases fall below the 8 lakh mark; Doubling time increased to 70.4 days
#FlyAI: Air India will operate 21 flights between India-Germany from October 26th to March 28th. Also Read – International Flights: Hong Kong Bans Air India and Vistara Flights October 17-30 to Carry COVID-19 Positive Passengers
Bookings are opened through the AI website, booking offices, call center and authorized travel agents. pic.twitter.com/KHCvZo4VkM
– Air India (@airindiain) October 16, 2020
Issues recently arose with the number of flights operated by Lufthansa and Air India between the two countries.
These problems resulted in a virtual collapse of the previous agreement and consequently Lufthansa and Air India had to cancel their flights between India and Germany.
“Lufthansa had applied for the continuation of the special flights, which it was allowed to operate until the end of September. This application process is necessary because India has not yet accepted the request of the federal government to discuss details of a temporary travel agreement between the two countries, ”the airline said in a statement.
The DGCA had said that India formalized a bubble with Germany in July of this year. “However, there are restrictions on Indian nationals who want to travel to Germany, which put Indian airlines at a significant disadvantage, resulting in an unequal distribution of traffic in favor of Lufthansa,” explained the DGCA.
“In contrast to Indian airlines, which operate 3-4 flights per week, Lufthansa operated 20 flights per week. Despite this inequality, we offered to vacate 7 flights a week for Lufthansa, which they did not accept. Negotiations continue, ”it had noticed.
Planned international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, special flights have been allowed under “bubble” agreements that India has concluded with 17 countries, including Germany.