“In accordance with the air bubble agreement, the announced flight plan is not the normal scheduled flight. Trivandrum has scheduled a flight for today and the flight is full. You can wait until the next calendar is announced. 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 Such regulations will also enable group members to re-establish trade relations with each other and stimulate sectors such as travel and tourism. The Baltic countries, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, were the first to create an air bubble that allowed free travel between themselves while limiting external people. Albilad had previously indicated that India was negotiating with 13 other countries to implement separate air bubble systems for international air operations, including Bahrain. As part of a bilateral air bubble agreement, airlines in both countries can fly special international flights with certain restrictions. India and Bahraini national airlines are allowed to fly a number of flights between the two nations, the embassy said in a statement. Gulf Air, Air India and Air India Express are authorized to operate special flights under this agreement. In July, India first built travel bubbles with the United States, Germany and France. Since then, India has entered into agreements with 10 other nations – Britain, Canada, maldives, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan.
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. 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.