The ban on international passenger flights to and from India extends till February 28

In a recent announcement, DGCA extends the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights to and from India, but chooses to exempt all-cargo and air-bubble aviation services.

Amid the rise of Omicron cases, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced the extension of the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022. The restriction is not applied on international all-cargo operations and flights approved by the DGCA, further explained the official note by the aviation regulator.

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The scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended since March 2020 in India. Image: Shutterstock/cass1976.

However, special aviation passengers flights will continue to operate between India and 35 countries under arranged air bubble arrangements, which 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.

All concerned authorities have been asked to acknowledge the receipt and ensure strict compliance. Scheduled international passenger services to and from India have been suspended since March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, a number of repatriation flights were launched under the Vande Bharat mission in May.

India was gearing up to restart scheduled passenger flights from December 15 last year, but the date was subsequently moved to January and has now been extended again to the end of February, 2022, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

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