India has extended the ban on scheduled international passenger flights till 30 September. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation gave this information on Sunday. The aviation regulator further said that international scheduled flights on select routes may be permitted by the authority on a case-to-case basis.
India has suspended scheduled international flights on 23 March 2020. At the beginning of the epidemic, this was done in view of the increase in corona cases in the country. However, India is operating special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020. India has also agreed to manage air bubbles with some countries from July 2020, allowing the resumption of flight services with these countries.
India has air bubble arrangements with 25 countries, including the UK, USA, UAE, Bhutan, France and Kenya. Under this, airlines can operate special international flights between the two countries. The DGCA also said in its circular that the suspension will not affect international all cargo operations and flights, which it has specifically approved.
Currently, India has Bahrain, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kenya, Nepal, Maldives, Nigeria, Netherlands, Qatar, Oman, Rwanda, Russia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Sri Lanka , has signed agreements with Ukraine, UAE, Uzbekistan, UK and US for air bubble.
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However, some countries, which had an air bubble with India, banned air service with India during the peak of the second wave of Corona. These countries include Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, Germany, France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Italy, Kuwait, Iran, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and Singapore.