Friday, May 28, 2021

DGCA extends ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights until June 30

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the ban on international commercial passenger flights by one month till June 30, 2021. The ban has been in place since March 2020.

"In a 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 IST of 30th June 2021," the fresh order reads.

However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator.

All scheduled international flights were restricted on March 23 last year in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to be banned. However, various international flights were operationalised under bilateral air bubble agreements that India signed with several nations for the unhindered movement of passengers.  

India has formed air bubble pacts with 27 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. However, a few countries like the US.

28/05/21 Aparna Deb/

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