New Delhi, June 23: India is looking at the prospect of establishing individual bilateral bubbles, India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK and the final decisions pursuant to negotiations are expected to be taken soon.
In a statement the Civil Aviation Ministry said,”As we contemplate further opening up in response to demands, we are looking at the prospect of establishing individual bilateral bubbles, India-US, India-France, India-Germany, India-UK. These are all destinations where demand for travel has not diminished. Final decisions pursuant to negotiations are expected to be taken soon.”
The government said requests have been received from authorities concerned in several countries including the US, France, Germany among others requesting that their air carriers be allowed to participate in the transportation of passengers along the line being conducted by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission.
These requests are being examined, the ministry said.
”We have also had one round of negotiations with US on June 15 with representatives of US Department of Transportation and US Embassy on this issue. They were invited to submit precise proposals in this respect. A communication has now been received on June 19 detailing these requests,” it said.
As India moves from controlled and managed aviation evacuation of its citizens in different parts of the world and foreign nationals from India, the government was now looking at the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements, according to the statement.
”These evacuation flights which were primarily meant for evacuation of our citizens from all over the world are now increasingly carrying Indians and citizens of other countries out bound to countries where they are normally resident,” it added.