India has now reached an agreement with Oman for ‘Air Bubble’ arrangement between the two countries, taking the total number of such arrangements to 16, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.
“Bilateral ‘Air Bubble’ arrangement is now in place for flights between India and Oman, taking the number of such arrangements to 16. Carriers of India and Oman will operate between the two countries,” Puri said in a tweet.
Here is the list of 16 countries with which India has air bubble arrangement:
- the UAE,
Earlier on Wednesday, Hardeep Singh Puri said that Air Bubble arrangements are now in place with Kenya & Bhutan.
“In order to further boost bilateral international air connectivity, Air Bubble arrangements are now in place with Kenya & Bhutan. Indian carriers will be able to operate to these countries. Carriers of these countries will be able to fly to India,” Puri said.
It is to be noted that the flights which have resumed for now are not the normal and regular scheduled flights that were shut down in March earlier this year. These are all special flights allowed to operate under special guidelines. The flyers will have to abide by the rules and regulations of the destination country. Hence, the resumption of the international is not for vacations.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, international air travel has been hit hard and counties like India have been focusing on the creation of air bubbles for safer travel and before normal air travel resumes.
India had suspended all international flights in March before it imposed a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.
India has also been operating special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian citizens stuck across various countries.
Moreover, the Centre has extended a ban on full-fledged commercial international flights till October 31.