Monday, 18 October 2021

India extends suspension of all International Passenger Flight till August 31

India extends suspension of all International Passenger Flight till August 31

On Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) further extended the ban on international flights till August 31 due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Earlier, the DGCA banned international flights till July 31 but extended it on Friday.

The DGCA, however, pointed out that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a "case to case basis" in its circular. International passenger flights were suspended in India from March 23 last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

International cargo flights were allowed to operate through the ban was extended on commercial international flights. Special international flights were operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral 'air bubble' arrangements with selected nations from July 2020.

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India has air bubble pacts with 24 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France.

Aviation companies continue to face losses as Covid-19 continues to concern the revival of the aviation industry and the tourism industry as cases continue to rise in several parts of the world despite the US, the UK, and several nations in the EU vaccinating its citizens at a faster pace.

Breakthrough infections among people who have been vaccinating continue to affect plans of full-scale reopening as governments across the planet try to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In India, domestic flights are allowed to operate at limited occupancy. Indian domestic air carriers can run, but they carry 65% of passengers during pre-Covid times. Domestic passenger traffic also saw a decline of around 53% during the April-June period when India was fighting the second wave of Covid-19.

International passenger flights were suspended in India from March 23 last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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