India: Ban On International Flights Extended Till September 30
The government has extended the 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.
India had suspended scheduled international passenger flights on March 22 in wake of the coronavirus 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.
Meanwhile, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements with other countries since July.
The circular said the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.