Planned international flights have been suspended in India since 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, since May, international passenger flights have been conducted as part of the « Vande Bharat Mission » in India and bilateral air bubble agreements have been concluded between India and other countries since July. German airline Full Service Lufthansa announced on Friday its new flight plan between India and Germany until 31 December 2020 as part of the air bubble regime. The suspension of the air bubble system between India and Germany earlier this month was followed by at least two rounds of talks between the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Here are some important highlights of the air bubble system offered by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to India and Germany to discuss the status of their travel bubble agreement. The news comes after India rejected Lufthansa`s proposed October flight plan and forced it to fly until October 20. Germany responded amicably and suspended Air India flights to Germany until 14 October. After a few days of tension, both sides now seem to want to negotiate the resumption of the travel bubble and future flight plans. On the other hand, India`s national airline Air India has flown only three to four flights in Germany, leading to a disparity in the number of flights contrary to the air bubble agreement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said earlier. India formalized an « Air Bubble » agreement with Germany in July 2020. This type of regulation allows nationals of both countries to travel in both directions.
India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan. Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer routes between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of people: Air India flies to Germany from today, 26 October. The airline said in a tweet: « #FlyAI: Air India will offer 21 flights between India and Germany from 26 October to 28 March. In July 2020, India formalized an « air bubble agreement » with Germany. Air bubble regulation between the two countries helps airlines to fly international flights with certain restrictions. Air traffic between India and Germany resumed as part of the bilateral air bubble agreement Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Lufthansa and Air India will fly 10 and seven flights a week respectively, Puri said on the micro-blogging page Twitter. Air bubbles are a pact signed by two countries, under which participants allow both countries to fly. (Photo: AFP) These problems led to a de facto failure of the previous agreement, which forced Lufthansa and Air India to cancel their flights between India and Germany. Around the world, India has an air bubble with 18 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with a focus on countries with huge Indian communities or the diaspora.