India extends ban on international flights “till further orders”

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country has been extended “till further orders” aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Monday. On January 19, the suspension was extended till February 28. 

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, following the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, special passenger flights have been operating between India and around 45 countries since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements formed with them. 

In a circular on Monday, the DGCA stated: “The competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till further orders.” This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA, it mentioned. 

Fights under air bubble arrangement will not be affected, the circular said. 


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