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India signs air bubble pact with Australia

IBEF:  December 14, 2021

India and Australia signed an air bubble agreement, allowing 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. International flights are currently halted until at least 31st January, 2022. Under bilateral air bubble agreements, dedicated freight flights and passenger flights, on the other hand, will continue to operate. India has bilateral air bubble agreements with 33 countries now.

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 foreign flights, Air India operated direct flights linking New Delhi with Melbourne and Sydney.

Flights between India and Australia will resume in the coming days, according to a Senior Air India official. "Australia is a key market for the airline, and we anticipate strong demand," the official said on condition of anonymity. India's foreign flight operations were halted on 23rd March, 2020. Following the discovery of the Omicron variant, India postponed plans to restart planned international flight operations on 15th December.

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