Scheduled international passenger flight was suspended in India since 23 rd March’20 due to Covid-19. While domestic flights slowly resumed in May’20 but international flights remained suspended.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed that the ban on international commercial passenger flights which was suspended till 30 th June’21 has been further extended till 31 st July’21. As per the circular from DGCA dated 30 th June’21, the authority has further extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights to/from India till 2359hrs IST of 31 st July’21. The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Dedicated cargo flights and flights under bilateral air bubble agreement will continue to operate. However, International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by competent authority on case to case basis.
India started Vande Bharat mission which allowed Indians to get back to their country and later introduced air bubble travel arrangements. While many passengers have already traveled to their destination from India under this scheme, many are still stranded in India to get back to their home country or country of residence.
The High rising cases of Covid-19 cases in India had forced some countries to continue the ban for flights from India while the countries which started allowing Indian’s like UAE have again restricted travel and extended it till 21st July which might even get increase.