A proposal by the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is being finalized to implement the air travel bubble arrangement with India soon after it was approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin says a travel bubble with India will facilitate commercial flight operations. The Cabinet will subsequently endorse the proposal once it has been approved by the CCSA.
During the CCSA meeting, the spokesman said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha ordered agencies to get the air travel bubble plan implemented as soon as possible.
Given India’s vast population, the restoration of air travel between the two countries would help Thailand take advantage of increased trade and tourism, he quoted the prime minister as saying.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, India has suspended international commercial flights and allowed only evacuation flights to bring its citizens back home.
According to the CCSA spokesman, the air travel bubble would be implemented with strict preventive measures against Covid-19. After the deal is implemented, Thai airlines will be able to resume commercial flights between the two countries, and more Indian tourists can be expected, he concluded.