Air Bubble Agreement India South Asia
Traffic bubbles are geared towards the resumption of commercial passenger traffic and airlines in both countries enjoy similar advantages. India is negotiating with several other countries to enter into bubble travel agreements. These include Singapore, Israel, Russia, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan. 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. Such regulations will also enable group members to reconnect with each other and stimulate sectors such as travel and tourism. The Baltic countries, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, were the first to create an air bubble that allowed free travel between themselves while limiting external people. 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. Indian Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter: “In order to further expand the reach of international air links, an air bubble system is now in effect for flights between India and Ukraine, bringing the number of such agreements to 17. Indian and Ukrainian airlines will operate between the two countries.
India has an air bubble agreement with 22 countries around the world. In South Asia, India has an air bubble agreement with Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Although international commercial flights are prohibited, Indians can still travel to and from a few countries. This is possible because of the air bubbles or air corridors created by the Indian government with these countries. The Netherlands, Tanzania and Rwanda are the newcomers to the list of countries with which India has already implemented air bubble systems. India had placed air bubbles with Bahrain, Ukraine, Bangladesh, France, Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Germany, Qatar, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Bhutan and Kenya.