Bubble Agreement India Germany
The suspension of the air bubble system between India and Germany earlier this month was followed by at least two rounds of talks between the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. India and Germany have agreed to discuss the status of their travel bubble agreement. The news comes after India rejected Lufthansa`s proposed October flight plan and forced it to fly until October 20. Germany responded amicably and suspended Air India flights to Germany until 14 October. After a few days of tension, both sides now seem to want to negotiate the resumption of the travel bubble and future flight plans. Around the world, India has an air bubble with 18 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with a focus on countries with huge Indian communities or the diaspora. Read also: International flights: flights in India-Germany from 26 October after a short suspension of the air bubble A transport bubble is a temporary agreement for the resumption of commercial passenger traffic in the middle 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. 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.
Air bubbles are pacts signed by two countries that allow airlines from both countries to fly. Under these agreements, the number of flights is limited, as all countries are now cautious, so the number of Covid 19 cases does not increase due to the resumption of international flights. 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). 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. Another basic factor was Lufthansa`s extensive connection network over Germany. While travel to the EU is allowed under the bubble, transport to North America and other countries is prohibited. India has already warned airlines that routes from non-EU countries will not be eliminated under the bubble. India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan.
Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer flights between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: India and Germany are able to find a “fair” solution, since the German airline Lufthansa has now flown 10 weekly flights to India against 20 flights it has made until October from the start of the flight. Air India, meanwhile, has flown only three to four flights in Germany, leading to a disparity in the number of flights in contradiction to the air bubble agreement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said earlier. EU Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri commented on the suspension of the air bubble between India and Germany with talks between the two countries.