The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India on November 26 extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial flights till 31st December 2020.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31St December, 2020,” DGCA said in a circular.
“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the order stated.
“However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis,” the statement added.
Earlier this month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had extended the ban on scheduled international passenger flights till November 30.
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, special international passenger flights have been operating in India under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed between India and other countries since July.
Till now, India has the same air bubble arrangements in place with a total of 22 countries which includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) And, United States of America (USA).