India and Japan have entered into the air bubble agreement, confirmed the Embassy of Japan on Tuesday. The two countries would be operating flights in a regulated manner, from Delhi and Tokyo and vice-versa, from November 2 onwards.
Regular flight operations between the two Asian countries were snapped since mid-March, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“India and Japan are now part of the ‘Air Bubble’ system. Registration of passengers with the Embassy of India in Japan is no longer required, and bookings should be done directly with concerned airlines,” the Embassy of India in Japan said in a statement.
Air India has announced its Air Bubble Schedule from Delhi to Tokyo, with effect from November 2 to December 28, 2020 and from Tokyo to Delhi with effect from November 4 to December 30, 2020: Embassy of India in Japan https://t.co/IylzYGbYNl— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Air India, the national carrier, announced its air bubble schedule following the announcement by the Japan Embassy. The state-run flyer will begin flights from Delhi to Tokyo from November 2. As per the schedule flights till 28th December 2020, have been listed.
The operator also released the air bubble schedule for Tokyo-Delhi flights, which will begin from November 4 and continue till December 30, 2020. The announcement comes to a couple of days after the air bubble between New Delhi and neighboring Dhaka also became operational.
What is Air Transport Bubble?
“Transport Bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements” are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
At present, Indians can travel to 18 countries as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has established a separate bilateral air bubble arrangement with these nations for the operation of special international passenger flights.
The United States, the UK, Germany, France, the UAE, Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Ukraine are the 18 countries where Indians can fly.