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International passenger flights stay suspended till September 30

Special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral "air bubble" arrangements with selected countries since July 2020.   | Photo Credit: KRISHNAN VV

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended till September 30, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Sunday.

“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” it added.

Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with select countries since July 2020.

India has formed air-bubble pacts with around 28 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., 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 the suspension does not affect the operations of international all-cargo services and flights specifically approved by it.


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