India has signed air bubble arrangement with Seychelles and Uzbekistan, increasing the number of countries under air bubble agreement to 27. International flights from both the sides will fly between the two countries. Which airlines will start operations to these destinations is not yet announced. India has now formalized air bubble arrangements with a total of 27 countries adding places like Russia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman on the list along side earlier done agreements with countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.
Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri earlier mentioned that Government is in discussion with more countries for similar arrangements.
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 6 million people through different means since 6th May 2020. On the other hand, domestic flights are now running at 80 percent capacity and will soon reach pre COIVD-19 levels, as informed by the Minister.
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.
The ban on scheduled commercial international flights remains in place till March 31.