After a long halt in the international airline operations, Vistara on Tuesday announced that it will operate special non-stop flights between Delhi and London from August 28 to September 30. These flights will be a part of the bilateral ‘transport bubble’ signed between India and the UK.
The Delhi-London special flights by Vistara will operate between 28th August and 30th September. The company also announced that the non-stop flights will fly thrice a week on the said route – on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
About the Flight
The Delhi-London flights by Vistara would be operated on its newly-inducted B787-9 aircraft. Vistara has a group of 43 aircraft with 34 Airbus A320, 6 Boeing 737-800NG, 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and 1 Airbus A321neo
What is a bilateral air bubble pact?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in different parts of the world the citizens of the different countries are stuck at different locations. So, for the aerial movement of the stranded citizens of a country, two countries sign a bilateral air bubble pact, under which airlines of both countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.
Since July, India has formed bilateral air bubbles with many countries across the world including France, Germany, the Maldives, Qatar, the UAE, the UK, and the US. Meanwhile, India is also negotiating with 13 other countries including Singapore, Australia, and Japan to form such similar air bubbles.
These special international non-stop flights have been flying between the set locations with the approval of the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
At the same time, Vistara is also waiting for necessary regulatory approvals to soon start its similar special flight operations to Frankfurt in Germany and Paris in France.
At present India is conducting the fifth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians who are stuck in different parts of the world. This fifth phase will end on 31st August while the sixth phase will start on 1st September.