The Indian government has now extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till December 31, 2020, as this is due to the rising cases of Coronavirus across the world.
However, the scheduled flights under Vande Bharat Mission and air bubble agreements with several countries with which India shares with will continue. Also, those eligible as per government norms will be allowed to fly to and from India.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently issued a statement regarding this where they mentioned, “This restriction shall not apply to all international cargo and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.” Additionally, they also mentioned that International flights will be allowed on select routes if agreed by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.
Earlier, the scheduled International Flights were suspended until November 30 and India has agreed to share the travel bubble with 20 countries. Regular passenger airlines were banned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The scheduled flights were cancelled when the Prime Minister of India announced Lockdown across the whole country from March 23 and also due to travel restrictions imposed all across the world. All this while, India bought back its citizens via Vande Bharat Mission.