People waiting for the opening of international passenger flight services may have to wait a little longer. The government has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger services in India with effect from March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday that the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till November 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, international scheduled flights may be permitted on selected routes on a case-to-case basis by the competent authority.
Bilateral air bubble agreement with 12 countries
However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and specifically to flights not approved by the aviation regulator. Significantly, on March 23 last year, in view of the Covid-19 epidemic, all scheduled international flights were banned and they continue to be banned. However, for seamless movement of passengers, India has operated various international flights under bilateral air bubble agreements with several countries. India has signed air-bubble agreements with around 28 countries including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.
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The suspension was also extended in September
Special international flights between any countries can be operated by their airlines between their regions under an air bubble pact. This is not the first time the suspension has been extended. Earlier last month, the DGCA extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger flights till September 30. Which is now 30 November. Significantly, domestic flights were also banned at the time of Covid. However, now there are no restrictions on domestic flights. All domestic flights to India are running on regular schedule. Apart from domestic flights, trains are also running on their scheduled time. Corona cases are decreasing in the country and gradually everything is happening as before.
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