NEW DELHI: On Sunday, DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation) decided to extend the ban on international scheduled commercial passenger to and from India till 30th September. The ban was supposed to be lifted by August 31 but after looking at the onslaught of Covid cases and emergence of Delta variant in US and many European countries, DGCA decided to extend the ban of international flights.
The DGCA circular said, “In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding the Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359hrs IST of September 30, 2021.”
Only passenger flights have been banned till September 30, not the international cargo flights and some flights especially approved by the DGCA. India has bubble arrangement with certain countries and on case to case basis those international flights will be allowed by the DGCA.
The International flights was first suspended on 23rd March 2019, after that repeatedly extending the bans on international flights have been issued by the DCGA citing the concerns related to increase in coronavirus cases in India. Only special International flights evacuation flights in operation named ‘Vande Bharat’ were allowed by the government of India to carry out evacuations of Indians who were stranded in foreign countries due to the pandemic.