Scheduled International Flights To Remain Suspended Till 30 September


The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued fresh guidelines of lockdown in ‘Unlock 4’, allowing opening up of more activities in areas outside the containment zones.

But, the Unlock 4 guidelines have no mention of resuming scheduled commercial international flights to/from country.

On movement of persons with SOPs the unlock 4 guidelines says;

“Movement by passenger trains; domestic passenger air travel; a movement of a person on Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per the SOPs issued.”


This clearly means that the scheduled international flights to/from India will remain suspended for another month.

India had suspended scheduled international passenger flights on March 22 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although, on Thursday (28 Aug) the Ministry of External Affairs has announced that to repatriate Indians stranded abroad the Phase 6 of the Vande Bharat Mission will begin from September 1

Also, India has established air bubbles arrangements with the US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar, and the Maldives and the negotiations are underway with Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.


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