Keeping in mind the rising coronavirus cases in many countries, India has now extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights from India till 30 November. “The ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to/from India extended until 30th November,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement.
Earlier, DGCA had extended the ban on international flights till 31 October. “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” DGCA said in the statement.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since 23 March, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements. This air bubble agreement has been singed with selected countries since July 2020.
Till now, India has established air bubble pacts with approximately 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.