A few months ago, travel bubbles were the big idea for reopening skies across the Asia-Pacific region. Countries would strike deals with each other to allow air travel with certain restrictions, many officials said, and those would expand to regional pacts.
It’s proving hard to do, even for countries that have largely managed to keep a lid on the coronavirus.
Take Singapore, a city-state whose economy is so dependent on its airport, officials liken it to the lungs. Passenger volumes are languishing at 1.5% of pre-coronavirus levels, threatening its status as an aviation hub and the investment that comes with it.
The region’s other airports are similarly quiet, according to the latest data from August. Hong Kong International Airport saw 1.4% of passenger traffic compared with August 2019. At Japan’s Narita airport, international travelers in August were just 3.3% of the same month last year. At South Korea’s Incheon International
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NEW DELHI: Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The only way to travel to and from India, meanwhile, is through an air bubble. However, India does not have an air bubble agreement with all the countries. The currently operational special international flights allow eligible categories of passengers to travel between India and another country where air bubbles have been formed. Here is all you need to know about air travel to and from India under air bubbles:
What is an air/transport bubble agreement
‘Transport Bubbles’ or ‘Air Travel Arrangements’ are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic, as explained by India’s Union civil aviation ministry. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
Which countries have air bubbles with India
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