Friday, November 12, 2021

Time for India to rethink its air bubble arrangement; soaring flight costs impact travellers, businesses

The COVID-19 sparked a lot of safety and health measures. One of them was to ground air travel to stop travellers from bringing back the virus with them. At the time, Air India played national hero by operating flights under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission, airlifting Indian passengers stranded abroad, who were willing to pay an arm and a leg to come back to India. This mission continues even as the second wave has ebbed. The latest figures put out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) state that till November 10, 2021, the Air India group has conducted 20,168 such flights, bringing home 29 lakh people from abroad. Are there ‘stranded’ Indians still left abroad? Is the arrangement still necessary? Read why it is time to rethink >>

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