NewDelhi: Suspension of international flights extended till September 30 owing to the coronavirus diseases pandemic. The latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) continued to keep international cargo flights and those approved by the regulator to operate.
The DGCA also said that scheduled international flights might be allowed on selected routes on a case to case basis.The Indian government banned international commercial flights since March 23, 2020, to check the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
India was considering lifting the restrictions on international commercial flights on August 31. However, it extended the ban in the face of a looming threat of the third wave of infection and the rising cases of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 in several countries.India has also agreed bilateral ‘air bubble’ arrangements with several countries since July 2020, allowing flight services to resume with these countries.
India has air bubble agreements with 25 countries such as the UK, the US, the United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, France, and Kenya. Under the arrangement, airlines can operate special international flights between the two territories.