If you wish to travel abroad, you’d have to wait a little longer. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till November 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. International flights have been suspended in India since March 25. While Vande Bharat international flights continue under air bubble agreements, scheduled international passenger flights will resume on a later date. Read on to know more.
DGCA Extends Suspension On International Flights Till November 30
On October 28, DGCA announced the extension of the suspension of scheduled passenger flights till November 30. The Indian aviation regulator clarified in its circular “However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.” Scheduled international flights in India face suspension since March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The notification by DGCA further reads “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 IST of 30th November 2020.” The ban on international flights to and from India initially extended till October 31 when they announced it in September. But now, due to the unrelenting rise in the COVID-19 pandemic across India, DGCA extended this ban again until November 30.
— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) October 28, 2020
Vande Bharat Flights Continue To Bring Back Stranded Indians Across 18 Countries
But passengers can travel on special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission. India has arranged flights under the bilateral air bubble agreements with 18 different countries like the USA, the UK, Kenya, Bhutan and France since July. The air bubble pact between the two countries permits special international flights between their territories. The DGCA also clarified that suspension of scheduled international flights won’t stop international cargo operations and flights approved. Vande Bharat flights continue to bring back thousands of Indians stranded abroad. Over 20 lakh Indians flew back to India as of October 27. Meanwhile, watch this video to know more about passengers’ Vande Bharat flight experience.