India will have to continue looking for air bubbles to relieve the pain of the country`s airlines. The government has not yet announced any measures to help the industry, and airline sources have said this will put most airlines at risk. In March 2020, India closed all its international borders to control contamination. The country launched its Vande Bharat mission to repatriate its stranded citizens to different countries. However, India has now introduced travel bubbles with many countries, and passengers from most countries can travel to India, subject to quarantine requirements. 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. 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. Although India has extended its embargo on international flights until 30 September, “air bubbles” or “air bridges” are the only means by which international commercial air traffic has resumed since mid-July. Since then, India`s number of air bubbles has risen to 13, with Japan the last country to be on the list. The Indian envoy also confirmed that the air bubble regime between the two countries had been extended until 31 December of 31 October. “More than 620,000 people have travelled to India since the launch of the Indian bubble.” Here are the most important things you need to know about the Air Bubbles agreements: India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan.
Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer routes between India and Afghanistan and to carry the following categories of people on these flights: such an agreement will also allow the group`s members to relaunch trade relations between them 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. Following the announcement by civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri that international flights would resume through bilateral air bubbles (currently 22), the United States, Germany and France authorized flights from India to their respective countries.