As per the latest reports, India to suspend scheduled International Flights till February 28, 2021, and it will not start operating as of now.
This rule does not apply for scheduled flights in which India shares travel bubble with and Vande Bharat mission and so far, India shares travel bubble with 24 countries such as the US, Bhutan, France, Germany, etc.
Referring to this, the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) issued an order of the suspension of scheduled international flights to/from India till 23:59 IST on February 28, 2021. The order further stated that the rule will not apply to cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA and international routes will be allowed only on selected routes by the authority.
With this, we have noticed that the coronavirus-induced travel suspension is nearly reaching a year where flights were suspended from March 23, 2020, and with recent news, this is extended till February 28, 2021.
Ever since the pandemic broke all commercial flights were canceled, except Vande Bharat Flights and slowly India formed a travel bubble arrangement with specific countries and have been operating flights to these regions.
Apart from this, all-cargo services were allowed.