All International flight operations banned till April 30th
India remains taking a careful approach towards reopening international flights among a resumed wave of COVID-19 cases. The country’s aviation regulator did prolong the international flight ban until April 30th.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation cleared that International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes. Those will allow through the qualified authority on a case-to-case basis. Here is one thing clear that the postponement does not influence the operations of international all-cargo flights. Moreover, those flights explicitly permitted by it, said by the regulator.
On March 23rd, 2020, the international flights remained suspended a year ago. Because the government has conducted nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the COVID -19 virus.
Since May 2020, the special international flights continued to allow under the Vande Bharat Mission. Through this, it brings back Indians stranded abroad. From July 2020, India commenced inserting into respective air bubble arrangements with select countries.
As per the records, the Air bubble will allow only two countries on a special international flight operation basis. However, the air bubble has signed with 27 countries including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France.
We also knew that on May 6th, India has begun Vande Bharat Mission. Under this mission, it has brought back 6.76 million abandoned Indian passengers. Moreover, the mission is now in its 10th phase.
On the other hand, the private domestic airlines along with State-owned Air India, IndiGo, and SpiceJet have continued operating flights under the mission.