Virgin Atlantic to resume flights from London Heathrow airport to Delhi and Mumbai from September as a part of the India-UK travel bubble. By Tanvi Jain

 

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Coming September, India’s travel bubble agreement with the United Kingdom will witness Virgin Atlantic operating three flights a week on London Heathrow-Delhi route from September 2, and four per week to Mumbai from September 17. 

“All customers eligible under the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs as per the Air Bubble scheme will be able to travel on-board Virgin Atlantic’s direct services to London Heathrow and US,” the airline said in a statement, adding that both the destinations will be providing connections to New York JFK, and will operate on 787-9 Dreamliner. 

Moreover, as per reports, with Terminal 3 currently being closed, eligible passengers will be able to use Premium Plaza Lounge and the Lufthansa Lounge of Heathrow Terminal 2. 

 

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Meanwhile, British Airways has also announced that from August 17, it will resume relief flights — five a week from Delhi and Mumbai to London Heathrow, and four a week from Hyderabad and Bengaluru to London. 

As of now, only Air India has been operating special flights to the UK, however, Vistara and SpiceJet have also secured temporary slots at London’s Heathrow airport. 

Furthermore, in a bid to resume international air travel, India is slowly adding more and more countries in its individual travel bubble list. So far it has already established such as an agreement with Canada, US, Oman, Qatar, SingaporeUAE, Frankfurt, UK, Saudi Arabia, Paris, New Zealand, Bahrain, Philippines, and plans to include more in future. 

 

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The country’s national carrier has already been operating repatriation flights and is currently under phase five of the ongoing Vande Bharat Mission. 

“More than a million people have returned to India under VBM, one of the largest repatriation missions of its kind seen in recent times. We have been reaching out to our citizens across the world & will ensure no one is left behind,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri recently tweeted. 

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