The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday in a Tweet said that the Indian government is ready to fly passengers to countries like Saudi Arabia whenever they remove restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals.
The Civil Aviation Ministry further added that India has been operating international flights under Vande Bharat Mission since May 6 and now has air bubble arrangements with 22 countries.
“Some countries, including Saudi Arabia, have not removed restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals. We are ready to fly passengers to these countries when the restrictions are eased,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Under the bilateral air bubble agreements, the airlines of both countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.
Till now, India has the same air bubble arrangements in place with a total of 22 countries which includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) And, United States of America (USA)
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, special international passenger flights have been operating in India under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed between India and other countries since July.