India in talks with 13 countries to establish bilateral air bubble arrangements: Puri

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Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi (NVI): India is negotiating with 13 countries to establish separate bilateral air bubble arrangements for international flight operations, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said today.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.

Taking to twitter, Puri said, “We’re taking our efforts forward and negotiating with 13 more countries to establish air travel arrangements. These include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea & Thailand.”

“The ongoing negotiations will benefit stranded Indians & nationals of these countries,” Puri further said.

Air bubbles have also been proposed with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan, Puri said, adding that his ministry will continue to further strengthen the reach and scope of Vande Bharat Mission.

Since July, India has established such air bubble arrangements with the US, the UK, France, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and the Maldives.

-CHK