The Ministry of Civil Aviation has added other destinations to the list of countries where Indians can fly. The air bubble agreements with 13 countries have been concluded, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, tweeted. Other nations with which India has signed an air bubble agreement are the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan and Bahrain. On August 15, an air bubble between India and Canada will be put into service, with the domestic carriers of both countries aiming to bring commercial passenger transport back to the pre-pandemic level. And while flights to and from India are limited by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Indian government is best able to manage the Vande Bharat and Air Bubble mission operations. Air bubble chords are temporary and reciprocal. As the borders of the coronavirus slowly relax, more and more countries are included in the list where Indians can now fly. Previously, it was known that talks with up to 13 nations would begin to resume air traffic by building an air bubble. And confirmation that this was agreed with Canada was provided on the Department of Civil Aviation`s website.
The air bubble was introduced in mid-August with the two national airlines Air India and Air Canada, which went back and forth between the two countries. As part of Phase 6 of the Vande Bharat mission, a further 56 flights between Toronto and Vancouver and destinations in India will be completed through October 24. With 73 flights already back in India since May 20, when they first departed Vancouver, the total will exceed 100 by the end of the month. More than 13,000 Indian nationals, including international students, have been repatriated to date, according to Indian High Commissioner in Ottawa Ajay Bisaria. Both countries immediately introduced the air bubble, and the Canadian government last week requested authorization. „It contributes to the comfort of Indian and Canadian citizens,“ said Indian High Commissioner in Ottawa Ajay Bisaria. In order to mitigate a large number of quarantine and Covid 10 testing rules in arrival destinations, governments are implementing „air bubble“ agreements between countries. Air bubbles or travel corridors are systems that are set up between two countries, which perceive each other as safe and allow airlines in both countries to fly passengers in both directions without restrictions. With some European countries reporting a second wave of infection, air bubbles allowing citizens to travel freely between certain nations under a reciprocal agreement appear to be the „new normal“, even if demand for international air travel remains low.
The EU`s civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said India was negotiating air bubble agreements with 13 other countries. Read also: Air bubbles only for international travel during the pandemic, says Hardeep Puri This air bubble for India will be the fifth of its kind, because the country has similar agreements with the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. As part of the process of gradually resuming international flights, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has added other destinations to the list of countries where Indians can fly. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had previously announced that discussions were underway with 13 countries on the introduction of air bubbles, which are now complete, the minister tweeted.