International Flights Will Resume From April After 23-Months Ban? Here Are Exciting Details!

They are considering resuming these flights by March-April.

It is being reported that the Indian government may soon allow normal international flight services to resume. 


By April?

This is a long awaited move after 23 months of disruptions to the aviation industry, tourism and travel. 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is said to be in talks with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding the matter.

They are considering resuming these flights by March-April.

How It’s Been So Far

The existing ban on international commercial flights came into effect on March 23, 2020 when the pandemic broke out.

However, special passenger flights have been operating between India and nearly 40 countries since July 2020 as part of the air bubble agreement.

India had extended the ban last month to February 28 in light of the surge in cases of COVID-19 during the third wave.

Exemptions To Flight Restrictions

International all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA are exempted from this restriction. 

Aso unaffected are flights under air bubble arrangement.

The way such arrangements work is that special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.

Countries In Pact With India

India currently has air transport bubble arrangements with:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Canada
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • US 
  • Uzbekistan

A final decision is yet to be taken.

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