Air Bubble Agreement India Germany
April 8, 2021
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said Lufthansa has reached the bubble deal to transport passengers of sixth freedom or passengers who were to travel beyond Germany. These problems led to a de facto failure of the previous agreement, which forced Lufthansa and Air India to cancel their flights between India and Germany. Planned international flights have been suspended in India since 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, since May, international passenger flights have been conducted as part of the “Vande Bharat Mission” in India and bilateral air bubble agreements have been concluded between India and other countries since July. Following a dispute with Germany over the number of flights between India and the European country that resulted in the suspension of the air bubble between the two countries, air services resumed under the bilateral agreement with German airline Lufthansa and Air India, which operated 10 and 7 flights per week respectively. Air traffic between India and Germany resumed as part of the bilateral air bubble agreement Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Lufthansa and Air India will fly 10 and seven flights a week respectively, Puri said on the micro-blogging page Twitter. Air India is heading to Germany from today, 26 October. The airline said in a tweet: “#FlyAI: Air India will offer 21 flights between India and Germany from 26 October to 28 March. In July 2020, India formalized an “air bubble agreement” with Germany. Air bubble regulation between the two countries helps airlines to fly international flights with certain restrictions.
“In the territory of the existing air bubble agreement between India and Germany, flights between @airindiain and @lufthansa between the two countries have resumed. Please plan your trips accordingly,” tweeted the Civil Aviation Ministry. Air bubbles are a pact signed by two countries, under which participants allow both countries to fly. (Photo: AFP) Germany was one of many countries with which India negotiated a “travel bubble agreement” this summer to allow the re-establishment of limited services between the two countries, as coronavirus-related travel restrictions began to ease. India formalized an “Air Bubble” agreement with Germany in July 2020. This type of regulation allows nationals of both countries to travel in both directions. According to a senior official of the DGCA (General Directorate of Civil Aviation), Lufthansa and Air India will carry 10 flights a week. This agreement has a two-month deadline. A traffic bubble is a temporary stimulus for commercial passenger transport in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. International air traffic has been severely disrupted by the COVID 19 crisis and, with the resumption of travel, air bubbles in the transport sector are a solution. These transport arrangements are reciprocal.
Flights between India and Germany will resume in air bubble regime. Lufthansa will operate from Delhi (4 days) … t.co/9cNyCQIZcH In a separate article, Puri also revealed today that India had an air bubble agreement with Bangladesh, under which airlines of both sides could fly up to 28 weekly flights between the two countries. At 18, India needs the number of air bubble agreements that India has now reached. Disagreements between the two parties were mainly due to fewer flights allowed by air India (3-4 weekly) than those allowed by lufthansa (20 weekly). Lufthansa originally planned to re-establish flights to Chennai in October, before the air bubble was suspended. India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan.