India Positive About Lifting the Air Bubble

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Neighboring India has signalled a positive note about lifting air bubble between Nepal.

This comes following a meeting between the Civil Aviation Ministers of both countries at Safdargunj Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale discussed issues of bilateral understanding on aviation grounds and ways of lifting air bubble soon and resuming regular flights as Coronavirus cases decline.

The air bubble had been a new terminology or concept and was followed by both the countries since last year for safety purpose.

At present Air India and Nepal Airlines have one flight each between the countries.

However, the flights had never halted between the two countries.

What is Air bubble ?

Air bubble or Travel bubble, also called travel bridges or corona corridors, do away with that waiting period for a select group of travelers from certain countries where the coronavirus has been contained. “In a ‘travel bubble’ a set of countries agree to open their borders to each other, but keep borders to all other countries closed. So people can move freely within the bubble, but cannot enter from the outside,” says Per Block, an Oxford University researcher in social mobility and methodology. “The idea is to allow people additional freedom without causing additional harm.” Travel bubbles are an extension of one of Block’s research specialties —social bubbles, where people expand their quarantine zones to include more people they consider safe. Block is one of the authors of an Oxford study that suggests social bubbles could be an effective strategy to alleviating coronavirus isolation, although the findings have not yet been peer-reviewed.