Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India had to go under lockdown since March. This led to a complete halt of flight services in the country resulting in a huge impact on the aviation industry.
Finally, after four months, restrictions have been partially lifted and certain states are reopening their borders. Some states have even resumed international flight services. Bengaluru Airport is one such city that has decided to reconnect the capital to 14 international destinations.
According to Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), 13 airlines will operate international flights under the international repatriation flights, the Vande Bharat Mission, and air bubble programmes.
Which are the 14 international destinations Bengaluru Airport will reconnect to?
The destinations directly connected from Bengaluru Airport are Abu Dhabi (Etihad, GoAir & Air India Express), Doha (Indigo & Qatar Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Amsterdam (KLM Royal Dutch), Kuwait (Air India & Indigo), Dubai (Emirates, Indigo, GoAir, Air India Express & Vistara), Kuala Lumpur (Air India Express & Malaysian Airlines), Riyadh (Indigo), London (Air India & British Airways), Muscat (Air India Express), Narita (Air India), Paris (KLM Royal Dutch), and Singapore (Air India Express). BLR Airport will also connect to San Francisco via Kochi (Air India).
“Passengers must verify all information with their respective airlines for updates on government policies, travel guidelines, and eligibility,” said BIAL.
These international air flights have been resumed through an Air Bubble. Air Transport bubbles are usually temporary arrangements between two countries. These arrangements have helped restart commercial passenger services as regular international flights. India has created similar air travel arrangements with countries like the US, Canada and the UK. Similar arrangements have also been made with Germany, France, the UAE, and the Maldives.