Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said India is negotiating with 13 countries, including Australia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore, to establish separate bilateral air bubble arrangements for international flight operations. Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.
Mr Puri said, air bubbles have also been proposed with neighbouring countries Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Since July, India has established such bubbles with the US, the UK, France, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and the Maldives.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.