The ban on scheduled international flights into India has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday.
“The competent authority has further extended the suspension on the scheduled international commercial passenger services to/ from India up to 2359 hours IST of 30th September,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement. This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.
Since July, India has established air bubbles with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives. The government is negotiating such arrangements with 13 more countries – Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Vande Bharat Mission began on May 6 and is currently in its fifth phase.
This means that government will continue operating flights under the travel bubbles that the Government has established with countries like US, Germany, Dubai, UK, Canada and France among other countries. More of these bilateral air bubbles will be announced soon.