While some European countries are experiencing a second wave of infections, air bubbles that allow citizens to travel freely between certain countries under mutual agreement appear to be the “new normal,” even as demand for international aviation remains tepid. In fact, the Union`s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said India was negotiating air bubble deals with 13 other countries. India has built an air traffic bubble with Afghanistan. Indian Airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to operate flights between India and Afghanistan and carry the following categories of people on those flights: Such an agreement will also allow the group members to revive trade relations with each other and boost sectors such as travel and tourism. The Baltic countries of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were the first to create an air bubble that allows free travel between them while restricting foreigners. To mitigate a variety of Covid-10 quarantine and testing rules in arrival destinations, governments are implementing “air bubble” agreements between countries. Air bubbles or travel corridors are systems established between two countries that perceive each other as safe and allow airlines from both countries to carry passengers in both directions without restrictions. The low-cost airline SpiceJet (SpiceJet) has a “slot” at Heathrow Airport in London. This will allow the airline to start flights to London from next month. SpiceJet said in a note to the stock exchanges that it received these slots as part of the Air Bubble deal. After the start of international flights, it will be expanded to allow scheduled air traffic.
All international commercial flights in India have been suspended since March 22 due to the Covid-19 outbreak of the novel coronavirus. However, charter flights are operated to block their citizens in other countries during this period. In July, India had initially set up travel bubbles with the United States, Germany and France. Since then, India has concluded agreements with 10 other countries – Britain, Canada, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan. Although India has extended its embargo on international flights until September 30, “air bubbles” or “air bridges” are the only way in which international commercial traffic has resumed since mid-July. Since then, the number of air bubbles in India has risen to 13, with Japan being the latest country to make its debut on the list. .