In an interview with the presenters, the envoy stated that 2,32,556 Indians had been repatriated from Saudi Arabia during the coronavirus pandemic. These Indian workers returned home via 1,295 special flights made after the suspension of scheduled flights between the two countries. Dr Saeed said 1,295 flights were made from Saudi Arabia, 276 by the Vande Bharat mission and the remaining flights were chartered. Since 6 May, India has been flying internationally under the Vande Bharat mission and now maintains air bubble agreements with 22 countries. Recalling the growing relations between countries, the Ambassador said that joint working groups from trade, investment and industry met regularly after B.C. India established an air travel agreement with Bangladesh on 28 October 2020. This plan is applicable until January 31, 2021. Indian and Bangladeshi airlines are now allowed to offer flights between India and Bangladesh and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: Indian airlines have been allowed to fly special international flights since May as part of the Vande Bharat mission and since July as part of the Air Bubble Pacts. “Transport bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements” are temporary agreements between two countries that aim to resume commercial passenger transport when scheduled international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. They are reciprocal, which means that airlines in both countries enjoy similar benefits.
The details of these agreements, such as those of 18.11.2020, are: Djiddah: India is working closely with Saudi Arabia to set up air bubble systems to facilitate unhindered travel between the two countries. The air bubble regime would be of immense use to a considerable number of Indians who have valid work visas from Saudi Arabia but cannot return to the country because of the pandemic. Under bilateral air bubble pacts, airlines in both countries can fly internationally with certain restrictions. An air bubble is a system set up between two countries that perceive each other as safe and allow their airlines to fly passengers in both directions without restrictions. This is different from return flights, which are only a possibility, and passengers must register with embassies in other countries to return to India. Currently, India has an air bubble agreement with approximately 13 countries, including the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Maldives, Vae, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan. All airlines are allowed to sell tickets between India and the countries concerned in any direction via their websites, distributors and global distribution systems. 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: planned international flights are suspended in India since 23 March due to the Covid 19 pandemic.