As Hong Kong hesitates to allow flights, Center in talks with Kuwait on air bubble

As Hong Kong hesitates to allow flights, Center in talks with Kuwait on air bubble

Hong Kong does not require flights from India and the Center is considering a bilateral air bubble with the Kuwait government, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said Wednesday. India had formed bilateral air bubbles with countries like the UAE, the US, Germany and France earlier this month. Under the agreement creating an air bubble between two nations, under such limitations the airlines of both are allowed to operate special international charter flights.

“Civil aviation access is a matter of reciprocal bilateral arrangements. As far as flights to & from Hong Kong are concerned, the problem is that HK is not allowing flights from certain places of origin including India. @airindiain has applied for permission with the authorities,” the ministry said on Twitter. The aviation sector was significantly impacted in the light of the coronavirus pandemic due to travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries. To conserve cash, all airlines in India have taken cost-cutting measures such as salary cuts, leave-out-pay and employee firings.

India resumed domestic passenger flights from May 25 following a two-month break due to the pandemic coronavirus. The airlines were only allowed to operate up to 45 per cent of their domestic pre-COVID flights. In Indian domestic flights, however, the occupancy rate has been around 50-60 percent since May 25.