DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till 30 November

As per the circular, the suspension does not affect international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA

Press Trust of India October 28, 2020 15:39:52 IST
DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till 30 November

New Delhi: The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till 30 November amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday.

"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 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 the bilateral ''air bubble'' arrangements with selected countries since July.

India has formed air bubble pacts with around 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.

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 25 May after a gap of two months amid the pandemic situation.

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