The Indian government has reached an agreement with Australia to create an air bubble that would allow all eligible passengers to travel between the two countries. During a pandemic, a bilateral air bubble is a technique for resuming flights between two countries with preconditions.
According to a recent announcement by civil aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, scheduled international flight operations will remain suspended at least until 31 January 2022. (DGCA).
Dedicated freight flights and flights under bilateral air bubble pacts with specific countries, on the other hand, continue to operate.
The existing air bubble agreement
Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Seychelles, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, UAE, UK, and USA, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan are among the 33 countries with which India has bilateral air bubble agreements.
Flights to commence between India and Australia
Qantas, an Australian airline, just began flying between Sydney and New Delhi. Before Christmas, the airline plans to begin flights between New Delhi and Melbourne. Prior to the Indian government suspending scheduled international flights, Air India operated direct commercial flights linking New Delhi with Melbourne and Sydney.
Flights between Ind and Aus will resume in the coming days, according to a top airline official.