The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extend the suspension of scheduled international flights to/from India till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” the Indian aviation regulator said in a circular.
The scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under the bilateral air bubble arrangements with selected countries since July.
India has formed air bubble agreement with 18 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.
India has also announced the Phase 7 of Vande Bharat Mission, it will be in effect from October 28 to December 31 and National carrier Air India will operate operate over 260 flights that connect India to China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Adelaide, and Sydney in Australia, Kuwait, Oman, Kenya, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circular also mentioned that the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.
The scheduled domestic passenger flights resumed in India on May 25 after a gap of two months amid the pandemic situation.