Oman 16th nation to have air bubble plans with India

India has set up a different reciprocal air bubble plan with Oman for the operation of special international passenger flights between the two nations, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.

Till Wednesday, India had formed such plans with 15 nations — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, the Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, the UK and the USA.

Under an air bubble agreement between two nations, special international traveler flights can be worked by their aircrafts into one another’s regions under prohibitive conditions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Happy to announce that bilateral air bubble arrangement is now in place for flights between India & Oman, taking the number of such arrangements to 16,” Puri said on Twitter.

“Carriers of India & Oman will operate between the two countries,” he added.

Planned global flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the Covid pandemic.

Notwithstanding, unique global traveler flights have been working in India under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under reciprocal air bubble courses of action framed among India and different nations since July.

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