Sunday, August 02, 2020

Air Bubbles Soon Coming up With Neighbouring Countries, Says Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry is working towards setting up bilateral agreements for two-way flights with neighbourhood countries, minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said in a television interview, as the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission kicked in on August 1.
“Had a discussion with the external affairs minister in this regard. We have requested some countries. But on our own, we would like to have bilateral civil aviation flights with some of our neighbouring countries,” the minister said.
On being asked the names of the countries in the neighbourhood, the minister said, “I am not announcing it yet, but most of the countries in our neighbourhood.”
“Our planning for such bilateral flights depend on the capacity and the willingness of the receiving states. Most often, the states tell us you can bring flights but we can take only these many flights. This is not only about Indian states. Australia, for instance, wants limited aviation functions. West Bengal is again under lockdown. So we respect the decision of the states and are navigating our operations through all this,” the minister said.
India has already set up air bubbles with the US, the UK, France, Germany.

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