New Delhi: DGCA has extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights in India till 11.59 pm on 31 May 2021. The DGCA issued a circular in this regard on Friday. It states that this restriction will not apply to flights specifically approved by International Cargo Operations and the DGCA.
The DGCA has stated in this circular that international scheduled flights can be allowed on select routes by the appropriate authority. This permission can be given after considering each case separately.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended since 23 March 2020 due to the corona virus epidemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under the bilateral Air Bubble Arrangement since July. India has entered into air bubble agreements with 27 countries, including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under the air bubble agreement between the two countries, their airlines can operate special international flights between regions.