Saturday 30 October 2021 8:32 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Oct 30: India on Friday extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till November 30. Restrictions will, however, not apply to international all-cargo operations flights approved by DGCA.
A notice issued by the DGCA stated that the restrictions shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights till 30 November, 2021.
However, the restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA, a circular added.
Also, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the Indian regulatory body said.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st October, 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the notice read.
India has formed air-bubble pacts with around 28 countries, including the US, the UK, 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 with specific restrictions.
Recently, a report suggested that the Indian government is unlikely to lift the restrictions on international flights immediately.
Scheduled international passenger flights to and from India remain suspended since March last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the suspension on scheduled international flights is till October 31 and the government is most likely to extend the date, it had added.
Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal told PTI that the current frequencies available under the air bubble arrangements are adequate to meet the demand and there is not much demand for international routes as the visa regime is very restrictive.
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