NEW DELHI: The government has extended suspension of scheduled international flights till September 30, 2020. However schedule flights under the travel bubbles India has started creating with several countries like US, UK, Germany and France will be allowed and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India on them.
“ … the competent authority has decided to extend (suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to/from India) till 11.59 pm of September 30, 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” the DGCA said in a statement Monday.
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis,” it added. India has so far created air bubbles with USA, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar and Maldives. India is in talks with many more countries to create air bubbles like Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The idea of these bubbles is to ensure continuity of travel between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till schedule flights resume.
India had suspended scheduled international passenger flights on March 22 in wake of the corona pandemic. The aviation ministry has long maintained that resumption of schedule International flights will be considered once domestic flights reach the 50% mark of the originally approved summer schedule.
Schedule domestic flights were allowed to resume after two-month suspension on May 25 and so far airlines are operating about 35% of the summer schedule. They have been allowed to raise the capacity to 45% till November 24 — something that may be relaxed depending on how the pandemic situations pans out and if states relax their caps on flights operations.


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