We are pleased to inform you that both governments have agreed to the operationalization of the air bubble agreement between India and Bahrain. @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @MoCA_GoI @HardeepSPuri @MOS_MEA @DrSJaishankar @bahdiplomatic @MTT_Bahrain pic.twitter.com/sw4scFofVi The embassy has not yet determined how long the air bubble agreement will last. It has been learned that both countries can provide the same number of seats. There will be one service a day. However, the embassy did not announce when service would begin. It was understood that the service will be launched as part of the new agreement this weekend. Bahrain Flag Carrier, Gulf Air, has already started bookings from various Indian cities. With some European countries reporting a second wave of infection, air bubbles allowing citizens to travel freely between certain nations under a reciprocal agreement appear to be the “new normal”, even if demand for international air travel remains low. The EU`s civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said India was negotiating air bubble agreements with 13 other countries.
Although India has extended its embargo on international flights until 30 September, “air bubbles” or “air bridges” are the only means by which international commercial air traffic has resumed since mid-July. Since then, India`s number of air bubbles has risen to 13, with Japan the last country to be on the list. The Indian embassy said in a statement Friday that the two countries had decided to activate the air bubble regime. Under the agreement, a fixed number of services are operated between the two national airlines in India and Bahrain. Gulf Air, Air India and Air India Express are authorized to operate special flights under this agreement. The agreement allows Indian and Bahraini national airlines to fly a number of flights between India and Bahrain. The Indian Embassy in Bahrain announced on Friday that the two governments had agreed to operationalize the air bubble between India and Bahrain. India established an air travel agreement with Bangladesh on 28 October 2020. This plan applies until January 31, 2021. Indian and Bangladeshi airlines are now allowed to offer routes between India and Bangladesh and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: all airlines can sell tickets in any direction between India and the countries concerned via their websites, outlets and global distribution systems.