Center removes restrictions on flights from Ukraine under bubble deal


The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has removed the restriction on the number of flights and seats between India and Ukraine, evidently to facilitate the return of students and professionals stranded in the nation of Eastern Europe due to ongoing geostrategic tensions with Russia.

“The MoCA has removed the restriction on the number of flights and seats between India and Ukraine under the Air Bubble deal,” the ministry said in a statement.



Thus, any number of flights as well as charter flights can operate between the two countries.

“Indian airlines have been advised to ramp up the flights due to increased demand. MoCA is facilitating coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs,” the statement added.

The Centre, through a notice, had asked Indians in Ukraine to leave the country, but there would be no flights available until February 20.

Considering the prevailing situation in Ukraine, a control room has been set up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide information and assistance to stranded Indians.

India and Ukraine have a travel bubble agreement where a certain number of flights can operate per week.

The bubble deals were signed when international travel was suspended following the Covid-19 pandemic.

–IANS

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