Amid the ongoing pandemic, the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights due has been extended till November 30, the aviation regulator DGCA informed on Friday.
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” it added.
Since March 2020, the scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July 2020.
India formed an air-bubble pact with around 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France. Under an air-bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories with specific restrictions.
The circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also said the suspension does not affect the operations of international all-cargo services and flights specifically approved by it.