Thursday, July 02, 2020

India in talks with US, Canada, European and Gulf countries on establishing air travel bubbles: AAI

New Delhi: India is in talks with the US and Canada and countries in the European and Gulf regions to establish individual bilateral bubbles which will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights, said the Airports Authority of India's chief on Thursday.
The ministry of civil aviation (MOCA) had on June 23 said India is considering establishing "individual bilateral bubbles" with the US, the UK, Germany and France.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "This morning, I took a brief from the key point person (from the MOCA) who is negotiating with the countries, and he said that we are in constant touch. We are working on a consensus to restart the international flights. This is going to be through air bubbles."
"Talks are mainly going on between India and the US, India and Canada, India and Europe and India and the Gulf countries to start flights in these bubbles," he said at a webinar called "Reposing the faith in flying" organised by the GMR group.
Scheduled international passenger flights remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Singh said the MOCA official has informed him that the discussion with the countries is at a "very advanced" level and the effort is to restart international flights at the earliest.
"I am sure there would be a positive outcome of the talks with the US, Canada and with the Gulf countries and the negotiations are going on," he noted.
The EU has presently banned the flights from India as the number of coronavirus cases are rising in the country, Singh said.
02/07/20 PTI/Times of India
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