The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday decided to extend the ban on scheduled international commercial flights till October 31, 2021, amid the ongoing Covid-19 scenario.
In a notification, the DGCA stated, "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 IST of 31st October 2021.”
This restriction will not be applied to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA, the fresh order reads.
“Scheduled international flights might be allowed on selected routes on a case to case basis,” it further added.
Earlier on March 23, 2020, the Centre banned all international flights in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, flight restrictions were eased under air bubble arrangements with certain countries for the unhindered movement of passengers.
It may be mentioned that the DGCA had extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger flights till 30 September last month.
Meanwhile, India has formed air bubble pacts with 27 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France, under which special international flights can be operated between two countries by their airlines between their territories.