Direct flights to and from India will resume on 14th September (Monday) as per a new bilateral travel agreement between Bahrain and India.

Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air revealed on Sunday that flights will start with Thiruvananthapuram on Monday along with Cochin and Calicut this week with plans to announce further expansion into more destination within India soon. 

The flights are operating based on a special agreement between the governments of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of India.

As per the arrangement, both Indian and Bahraini national carriers will be permitted to operate a specified number of flights between India and Bahrain and carry the certain category of passengers.

It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bahrain with particular visa category before the issue of the ticket or boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

Albilad had earlier reported that India was negotiating with 13 more countries to establish separate air bubble arrangements for international flight operations including Bahrain.

The airline currently flies to and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Manila, Athens, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Meanwhile, International travel of more than 16 Lakh Indian nationals has been facilitated since 6 May, out of which more than 4.8 lakh people have returned on flights by Air India and private carriers. More than 2.14 lakhs have flown out.​