The suspension of Scheduled international flights which were to end on June 20, after a 15-month gap have been extended till July 31, 2021; the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular regarding this.
However, DGCA in its notification clarified that this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations flights that have been approved by it.
Further, It added that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 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.
Since March 2020, the DGCA has extended the ban on international flights multiple times.
As of now, India is in air bubble arrangements with 27 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Bhutan, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Rwanda, Ukraine, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Germany, Nigeria, France, among others.
As per the said agreement, special international flights can operate between two countries by their airlines between their territories.