India suspends scheduled international flights until further notice

International cargo flights and flights under air bubble arrangements will continue to be in action.

Until further orders, scheduled international flights have been suspended in recent development. Amid the ongoing speculations around the resumption of international flights soon, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights.

This announcement made it clear that scheduled international commercial flights will not operate too and from India until there is a further announcement about a change in orders.

The DGCA elaborated in a circular dated February 28 that international cargo flights and flights under air bubble arrangements will continue to be in action.

As per earlier reports, under air bubble arrangements formed with 45 countries since July 2020, special passenger flights were supposed to operate between India and these countries.

India has air transport bubbles with 45 countries currently named; Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Canada, Bhutan, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Iraq, Germany, Kazakhstan, Japan, Kuwait, Kenya, Mauritius, Maldives, the Netherlands, Nepal, Oman, Nigeria, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Seychelles, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

The Indian Government had earlier planned to resume scheduled international flight operations. Earlier, it was planned by the Indian government to resume scheduled international flight operations from December 15, 2021, but the emergence of Omicron made this impossible.

After a nationwide lockdown was announced to fight the first wave of COVID-19, international flights were first suspended in March 2020.

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