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DGCA Suspends international flights and extended till September 30

DGCA Suspends international flights and extended till September 30

On Sunday, the Central government extended the suspension on international scheduled commercial flights till September 30 owing to the coronavirus diseases (Covid-19) pandemic.

The latest and recent circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) continued to keep international cargo flights and those approved by the regulator to operate.

Cargo operations and flights on specific routes allowed by the DGCA have been keeping outside the purview of the restrictions.

The decision comes among the threat of a looming third wave.

Covid-19 pandemic and emerge of the Delta variant of the virus in several countries.

The DGCA also said that scheduled international flights might be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis.

The Indian government banned international commercial flights since March 23, 2020, to check the spread of the Covid-19 infection. It eased the restrictions on flights in certain countries with which India has had an air bubble arrangement during the past year.

Air bubble agreement between the two-nation allows the operation of special international flights by the national carrier between their territories. India has formed air bubble pacts with around 25 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives, Netherlands, France, Germany, Qatar, and Bhutan.

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India was considering lifting the restrictions on international commercial flights on August 31.

However, it extends the banned in the face of an emerging threat of the third wave of infection and the rising cases of Delta variant of the Covid-19 in countries.

Even as the restrictions on international air travel continued, India allowed operating special flights on specific routes, especially to repatriate stranded citizens.

Meanwhile, after a long hiatus, flights between India and Bangladesh will resume from September 3, 2021.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said

After four months, passenger airlines could continue operations under an air bubble agreement signed by the two countries last year.

Air travel services between destinations of the two countries were suspending as Covid-19 cases surged during the second wave of covid pandemic earlier this year.

MoCA letter read.

"The air bubble may resume w.e.f. 03.09.21 till resumption of scheduled International passenger flights,'

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