India finalises air bubble pact with Sri Lanka: Ministry

India finalises air bubble pact with Sri Lanka: Ministry

India has established a bilateral air bubble arrangement with Sri Lanka for operation of special international passenger flights between the two countries, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Saturday. - File photo

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New Delhi, April 10

India has established a bilateral air bubble arrangement with Sri Lanka for operation of special international passenger flights between the two countries, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Saturday.

With this, India now has such pacts with 28 countries, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, the Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, the UAE, the UK and the USA.

Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international passenger flights can be operated by their airlines into each other’s territories under restrictive conditions stipulated by the respective countries.

“India has finalised an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka, making it the sixth such arrangement in SAARC region and the 28th in total,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Twitter. “Eligible passengers will be able to travel between the two countries in the near future,” it stated.

Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But special international passenger flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year and under bilateral air bubble arrangements since July.

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