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India Establishes Air Bubble Agreement With Ukraine, International Flights to 17 Countries Now

Pune Airport. )Image source: AAI)

Pune Airport. )Image source: AAI)

Before Ukraine, Government of India had formalized air bubble arrangements with 16 countries adding countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.

India has signed air bubble arrangement with Ukraine, taking the number of countries under air bubble pact to 17. International flights from both sides will fly between two countries. While Kiev, the Ukrainian capital will be the base for flights between the two countries, its not yet clear about the Indian cities from where flights to and from Ukraine will fly.

Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Civil Aviation took on to Twitter for the information saying "To further widen the scope of international air connectivity, an air bubble arrangement is now in place for flights between India & Ukraine, taking the number of such arrangements to 17. Carriers of India & Ukraine will operate between the two countries."

In a recently held press conference, Minister Puri informed that Government of India has formalized air bubble arrangements with 16 countries adding countries like Oman, Bhutan on the list along side earlier done agreements with countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.

The Minister also added that Government is in discussion with Italy, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and others for similar arrangements. And now, the arrangement with Ukraine is finalised, increasing the tally to 17 countries.

Air Bubble agreement is a bilateral air corridor being established between various countries to ease travel restrictions amidst travel ban imposed by various countries due to coronavirus. Despite the ban, India was among the first few nations to start repatriation drive as early as May to bring back stranded Indians. Soon after, Air Bubbles were established to further ease the travel.

Till now, govt has facilitated the repatriation and international travel of over 20 lakh people through different means since 6th May 2020. Minister Puri said that under Vande Bharat Mission, 17,11,128 people have travelled back to India and 2,97,536 people have travelled out of India.

As the government is easing the lockdown further to open up the economy, more and more people are flying in and out of the country for all sorts of purposes, right from business travel to education travel and even for tourist activities. These steps to ease down the lockdown are listed in monthly SOP guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

first published:October 14, 2020, 19:22 IST