New Delhi: India on Wednesday officially approved the proposal to recommence flights to and from Nepal after a gap of nine nine months. Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla had discussed the need to resume people-to-people contacts between the two countries, including commencement of an air bubble, during his meetings in Kathmandu last month.
According to sources, the Nepal leadership had responded positively to the proposal for a travel air bubble with India. “It’s important for people stuck for a long time. Many need to travel for business, family issues and medical reasons,” said an official. India’s approval for the air bubble was officially conveyed to the Nepal embassy on Wednesday.
According to reports in Nepal media, the local tourism ministry had twice proposed in the past few months that Nepal sign an air bubble agreement with India. ‘The Kathmandu Post’ reported last month that the first proposal had been rejected by the KP Oli government amid soured relations with the southern neighbour over boundary disputes.
The relationship has finally witnessed some thaw in the past few weeks with Shringla visiting Nepal and the two sides agreeing to address border issues through appropriate bilateral mechanisms. He also invited Nepal to take advantage of India’s market and economic growth. He had assured the people of Nepal that once India rolled out a vaccine for Covid-19, meeting Nepal’s requirement would be a priority for the Indian government.