The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday announced extension of the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till 31 July. The aviation regulator, however, said that some international scheduled services on selected routes may be permitted on a case to case basis.
It was on 23 March when India suspended scheduled passenger flights due to the coronavirus crisis and a subsequent lockdown in the country. In a 26 June circular, the DGCA said it was suspending international passenger flights till 15 July, 2020. However, it further extended the deadline till 31 July, 2020.
The international passenger flight services in the country will resume in a phased manner during ‘Unlock 2.0’, the ministry of home affairs said on Monday. “International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner,” the central government said in a statement.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-6-2020, the competent authority has extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31 July, 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”, a circular released by the DGCA said today.
Air India and other private domestic airlines have been operating unscheduled international repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission, which was started on 6 May by the Central government.
India resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on 25 May, after a gap of two months.