NEW DELHI: The government has extended suspension of scheduled international flights till March 31, 2021. However Vande Bharat Mission and scheduled flights under the travel bubbles India has so far created with 27 countries like US, Germany and France will continue and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India on them.
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020, and the severity of the pandemic has meant that even after a year there is no sign of the same resuming anytime in a hurry.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an order Friday extending the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 11.59 pm (India time) of March 31, 2021.
“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the order says. It adds that “international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020, due to the pandemic. Since then, India has been operating Vande Bharat Mission flights to many places and has formed air bubbles with over 25 countries.
International air travel is happening on both VBM and air bubble arrangements for allowed categories of travellers. All-cargo international flights are allowed and the DGCA approves flights on a case-to-case basis.