The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India on Tuesday in a circular extends the suspension of scheduled international flights to/from India till Oct 31, 2021.
Yesterday, the Tourism Secretary of India hinted that the government is in the mood for the opening of international borders with scheduled international flights but now it is clear that international tourists will gave to wait for another month to travel to India.
The DGCA in the circular further added that the restrictions will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA (Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles)
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st Oct 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.”Said DGCA in a circularAdvertisement
However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the circular further added.
Vande Bharat Mission
It is worth mentioning that all scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat mission since May.
Air Bubble Arrangements
Apart from the Vande Bharat Mission India has bilateral air bubble agreements with around 28 countries, which include — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan, and the US.