The Dubai based carrier Emirates which currently serves more than five destinations across India under the air bubble pact is looking to add more routes to its war chest under the same.
The airline said they are planning to operate in full capacity in the country once the COVID-19 norms are normalised and are in close contact with the officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has created a huge impact on the aviation industry which is slowly in the recovery phase post easing of the lockdown.
Emirates Vice President, India & Nepal, Mohammad Sarhan said, “With the easing of covid lockdown worldwide, we’ve ramped up more flights across our network and deployed our iconic Airbus A380 aircraft on more than 25+ destinations. We’re well on the road to recovery. We’ve restored 90 per cent of our pre-pandemic network and expects to return in profitability by 2023,” he told PTI.
He further added that last month the airline currently serves more than five destinations in India and is operating Boeing 777-300ER aircraft mainly on this route. The route is being operated under the air bubble pact between India and the United Arab Emirates.
Under an air bubble agreement, both the countries can operate flights by their respective carriers to each other’s territories under certain conditions. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, India has suspended its commercial international flights in March 2020. As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India has signed air bubble agreements with 34 countries.