India extends ban on scheduled international flights till July 31

The Indian government on Wednesday has extended ban on international commercial flights until July 31, as per a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The restriction on scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was set to be lifted on June 30

“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31st July, 2021,” the DGCA circular said.

However, the ban will not be applicable to DGCA-approved foreign all-cargo operations flights.

International scheduled flights will be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the DGCA added.

Though, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year, and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries, since July.

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