India is negotiating with 13 more countries to establish separate air bubble arrangements for international flight operations. Under a bilateral air bubble agreement, both countries can operate to and fro flights with some restrictions.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister, said that these countries include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
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We continue to further strengthen the reach & scope of VBM. Air Travel arrangements are already in place with USA, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar & Maldives.
We are now taking these efforts forward & are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 18, 2020
Air bubbles have also been proposed with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bhutan. The minister said, “Going forward, we will consider such arrangements with other countries as well.”
At this moment, more than 6 million people have reached their homes safely via flights.
At present, India has international air travel arrangements under bilateral air bubbles in place with countries like the US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar, and the Maldives.