India and the Maldives have agreed to create an “air travel bubble” to facilitate passenger traffic between the two countries.
The Maldives is the first neighboring country with which India has operationalized the air bubble.
“In keeping with our special ties, Maldives is the first neighboring country with which an air bubble is being operationalized. The air bubble symbolizes India’s support to shore up tourism arrivals and revenues in the Maldives. Health protocols in both countries will be strictly followed”, said Ministry Of External Affairs in its press release which was released today, on Aug 13.
Overall, this will help move people from both sides for employment, tourism, medical emergencies, etc.
The first flight under the Air Bubble is expected to commence on August 18.
The announcement came after the video meeting between Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.
During the virtual meet, Maldives FM thanked the Indian Government for “including the Maldives among the first countries with which India has established an Air Bubble” and emphasised on the “importance of easing travel, especially for Maldivians seeking to visit India for urgently required medical treatment, as well as Indian tourists wishing to visit the Maldives.”
India already has Transport Air Bubbles with US, France, UK & Germany. Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, International air travel has been hit hard and counties like India have been focusing on the creation of air bubbles for safer travel and before normal air travel resumes.
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