International Flights Latest News: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to further extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till November 30, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Wednesday. “Suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India extended till November 30,” the aviation regulator said. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Flights Between Bengaluru, San Francisco From Jan 11
“However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” the Indian aviation regulator said in a circular. Also Read - International Flights: Vistara Commences Flight Services From Delhi to Doha | Details Here
However, Indians can travel to certain countries under “air bubbles” mechanism which has been operating since mid-July. Also Read - Vande Bharat Mission Phase VIII: Over 763 International Flights Operated From 24 Countries, Says Govt
India has established Air Bubble arrangements with many countries including Kenya, Bhutan, US, the UK, Canada, the UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, Maldives, Japan, Iraq, Germany etc. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international passenger flights can be operated by their airlines into each other’s territories under restrictive conditions.
The scheduled domestic passenger flights resumed in India on May 25 after a gap of two months amid the pandemic situation.
The scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under the bilateral ”air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July.