As per the information shared by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), India is in discussion with Saudi Arabia and Singapore to form air bubble arrangements.
“India is soon going to start air bubble arrangements with Saudi Arabia and Singapore,” said MoCA
Till now, India has air bubble arrangements in place with a total of 24 countries which includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) And, United States of America (USA)
However, due to the fear of a new coronavirus strain found in the UK, India has suspended all UK flights including flights under the air bubble arrangement till 31st Dec 2020. Also, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday hinted that the ban on UK flights will further extend beyond 31st Dec.
The recent travel ban imposed by Saudi Arabia has impacted many Indians living within the Southern part of the country. Numerous flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to Hyderabad, Chennai, and other parts of the country were cancelled because of the suspension of flights. National carrier Air India has halted all its flights to and from the kingdom which is probably going to extend the ban until January 1st week.
Meanwhile, as a part of its efforts to begin international travel, Singapore is aiming to open a new segregated travel lane for a limited number of business travelers. “The first travelers will be able to arrive in the second week of January through the new lane that shall allow for short travel stays,” as mentioned in an official statement released by the Singapore government.
Moreover, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) India on Monday issued an Order and extend the earlier Guidelines for Surveillance to remain in force up to 31st Jan 2020, This clearly means that the scheduled International flight operation in India will remain suspended for another month.
(With Inputs From Times Now)