An official statement said: „India has reached an air bubble agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Indian airlines and Saudi Arabian airlines are now allowed to operate flights between India and Saudi Arabia and carry passengers on flights defined in the agreement. Traffic to and from India includes only passengers to or from Saudi Arabia, and traffic to and from Saudi Arabia includes only passengers to or from India. New Delhi India has sent a proposal to 10 other countries, including Saudi Arabia, to operate flights under the air bubble deal, the Union government told parliament on Thursday. India currently has such agreements with 31 countries. „We are making every effort to normalize the situation, but because of Omicron, we currently have our air bubble agreement with 31 countries and we have sent proposals to 10 other countries to have the bubble deal,“ Scindia told the House of Commons on the fourth day of the current winter session of Parliament. This means that interested travelers will be able to travel to and from Saudi Arabia from January 1. Saudi Arabia is the 34th country to conclude an air transport bubble agreement with India. The other 33 are Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Ethiopia, Finland, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Afghanistan, France, Germany, Iraq, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands and Uzbekistan.
Read also| India has discussed the air bubble with Saudi Arabia: Government All airlines are allowed to sell tickets between India and the respective countries in any direction through their websites, sales agents and global distribution systems. The Indian government has signed an air bubble agreement with Saudi Arabia that allows all eligible travelers to travel between the two countries. Flights between the two countries will begin on January 1, 2022.Jeddah: In a great relief for thousands of NRIs and Umrah pilgrims, the Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday evening the start of special direct flights between India and Saudi Arabia. The agreement will increase the frequency of direct flights between Saudi Arabia and India and to some extent reduce the surge in air fares. Air transport bubbles are temporary agreements between two countries to resume commercial passenger traffic when scheduled international flights are suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. India has an air bubble deal with 35 countries. These include Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (United Kingdom), the United States of America (UNITED STATES) and Uzbekistan. „We started testing all arrivals from yesterday (Wednesday). Passengers must undergo a seven-day home quarantine and then be tested on the eighth day. They are monitored for an additional seven days and can then move freely.
We are fully prepared and ready for the war against the virus,“ Scindia said. Minister of State for Civil Aviation (Gen) VK Singh said that 7,900 national aviation workers lost their jobs in one year between March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021 due to Covid-19. About 13,300 groundhandling workers also lost their jobs during the same period, but an additional 380 employees were hired in the freight sector, Singh said, while responding to Biju MP Janta Dal (BJD) Bhartruhari Mahtab in the Lok Sabha. While scheduled flights to India remain suspended thanks to the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, India has announced a new bubble flight agreement with Saudi Arabia. Passengers will soon be able to fly between India and Saudi Arabia, as part of the new air transport bubble agreement. The Embassy of India in Riyadh said the agreement would enter into force on January 1, 2022. Under this bubble agreement, Indian and Saudi airlines are allowed to operate flights between India and Saudi Arabia and carry the following categories of people on these flights: It should be noted that Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation, told Lok Sabha on December 2 that India had submitted a proposal to Saudi Arabia and nine other countries to operate flights under the of the air bubble agreement. Currently, passengers fly to and from Saudi Arabia via various Gulf states. In addition, special charter flights directly between the two countries are rarely operated, which means that travelers face difficulties for almost 15 months. The Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia wrote on Twitter: „The Embassy is pleased to announce the air bubble agreement between India and Saudi Arabia as of January 1, 2022.“ Under the new air bubble agreement, airlines can now operate direct routes between the two countries in accordance with Covid regulations.
Although Saudi Arabia hosted Umrah pilgrims, tour operators were reluctant to offer packages that expected a volatile travel market due to the lack of direct flights between the two countries. The Indian government has long been actively pursuing an air bubble deal with Saudi Arabia. .