COVID-19 pandemic: DGCA extends suspension of international flights till 28 February

Special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral 'air bubble' arrangements with selected countries since July

Press Trust of India January 28, 2021 19:35:32 IST
COVID-19 pandemic: DGCA extends suspension of international flights till 28 February

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New Delhi: The coronavirus -induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till 28 February, aviation regulator DGCA said on Thursday.

"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation added.

Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral "air bubble" arrangements with selected countries since July.

India has formed air bubble pacts with around 24 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.

The DGCA circular also said that the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

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