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India aims to resume air travel to 18 countries via air bubbles

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Kolkata, India: India’s civil aviation Ministry is mulling resumption of flight to and from India to eighteen international destinations this month, PBNS reported.

Flights between India and Kabul, India and Bahrain, India and New York, India and London, and several other locations are among the ones covered under the to-be finalized air bubbles.

Other nations that have stuck air bubble agreement with India are:

Kabul (Afghanistan), Bahrain, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Toronto and Vancouver (Canada), Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Narita (Japan), Nairobi (Kenya), Kuwait, Male (Maldives), Kathmandu (Nepal), Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Moscow (Russia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE), London, Birmingham (UK), New York, Paris ( (USA).

Since regular airlines operations were halted because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been flying flights under the air-bubble arrangement.

These flights’ schedules are only accessible until September 30.

What is an air bubble?

Temporary agreements between two countries are known as “transport bubbles” or “air travel arrangements.”

When normal flying operations are affected (as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) governments form air transport agreements to resume commercial passenger services in the absence of regular international flights.

They are reciprocal in nature, which means that airlines from both countries benefit from the same advantages.

India has inked an air-bubble accord with 28 countries as of August 11, 2021, as per the NOA report. The nations include:

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Maldives, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom are among them.

These flights are open to both stranded citizens and those who are eligible (according to MHA standards).

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, on the other hand, has recommended passengers check whether they are permitted entry into the target country before booking flights operating under the air-bubble arrangement.

International Flights Paused

The Government of India on Sunday also extended the suspension on foreign scheduled commercial flights until September 30.

In a press release, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated that international scheduled flights may be approved on certain routes by the competent authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, scheduled international passenger services in India have been suspended from March 23, 2020.

The ban does not affect international all-cargo operations or flights specially approved by the DGCA, according to the circular. International flying restrictions were supposed to end on August 31.

Debayan Paul
Debayan is a freelance digital reporter and Editor-in-chief of We The World Magazine. Contact: communications@wetheworldmagazine.com

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