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Panaji: The first direct Air India flight between Goa and London commenced from the Dabolim International Airport on Sunday. The flight services which has begun on a weekly basis will soon turn into a biweekly service from November under the Air Bubble agreement, according to the official Twitter handle of Goa Airport.
“Important day for Goa International Airport. Today Air India starts its direct flight LHR-GOI-LHR, B787. Initially once a week then twice a week from November under Air Bubble. Goa connects to London directly now,” the tweet by the handle read. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has entered into air bubble arrangements with multiple countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, France etc. as regular international flights remain banned owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. ” Air Bubbles” are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.