DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international flights till September 31
The Indian government has extended the ban on international commercial flights till September 30, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular on Sunday.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the ongoing suspension on international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30.
The government issued a notification on Sunday was in continuation of a previously issued notice dated June 26, 2021 regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services.
However, flights under Vande Bharat Mission and other flights under air bubbles will continue and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India on them.
“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the order says. It adds that “international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”
It is worth remembering that despite the broader restrictions on international travel, certain flights are allowed to operate subsequently to repatriate stranded citizens or eligible cases. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has signed bilateral air bubble agreements with over 28 countries for the movement of eligible citizens in the wake of Covid restrictions.
India has formed air bubble pacts with 27 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories. However, a few countries like the US.
However, international travel remains muted worldwide as new variants of Covid-19 continue to emerge.
Scheduled international passenger flights were suspended in India on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aviation authority has extended the ban several times since then. While domestic flights resumed in May, international travel remained suspended as Covid-19 cases remained at high levels.
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