Suspension of international passenger flights extended to June 30
New Delhi, May 28: The DGCA Friday said all international passenger flights will remain suspended till June 30. The restrictions will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. The ban is in place from March last year.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus 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 27 countries including the US, 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's Friday circular also said that the suspension does not affect international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.
The decision to extend the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights comes as India battles a second wave of coronavirus, even though daily cases have seen a steady decline over the past several days.