India negotiating with 13 nations to ascertain bilateral air bubble preparations: Puri


New Delhi, August 18

India is negotiating with 13 nations, together with Australia, Japan and Singapore, to ascertain separate bilateral air bubble preparations for worldwide flight operations, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated on Tuesday.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airways of each the nations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions.

Puri stated on Twitter air bubbles have additionally been proposed with our neighbours Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

Since July, India has established such bubbles with the next nations—the US, the UK, France, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and the Maldives.

Puri stated, “We are now taking these efforts forward & are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements.”               

“These countries include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea & Thailand,” he added.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Going ahead, Puri stated, India will take into account such bilateral preparations with nations apart from those talked about above.

“It is always our endeavour to reach out to every stranded citizen. No Indian will be left behind,” he stated.

After a spot of two months because of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, India resumed home passenger flights on May 25.

However, common occupancy charge in Indian home flights has been round simply 50-60 per cent since May 25.

Currently, airways in India are permitted to function 45 per cent of their pre-COVID home flights.

The aviation sector has been considerably impacted because of the journey restrictions imposed in India and different nations in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures resembling pay cuts, leave-without-pay and firings of workers with the intention to preserve money. PTI

 



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