The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the ban on international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India.
The earlier date the ban would be lifted was on August 31.
New Date And Norms
The new extension has the ban in place till September 30.
However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.
International all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA are exempted from the restriction.
The ban on international travel was first put in place March 23, 2020 just as the pandemic broke out.
The government has operated special international flights as part of its Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020.
Air Bubble Still Intact
India also has bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries from July 2020.
These air-bubble pacts have been made with 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.
Under the pact, special international flights can be operated by the airlines of the respective countries.