No international flights till November 30 amid COVID-19 outbreak
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No international flights till November 30 amid COVID-19 outbreak

Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown

The Centre on Wednesday extended the suspension of scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till November 30.

"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation," an official statement said on Wednesday. "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on select routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," it added.

At present, India has entered into 'Air Bubble' agreements with several countries. It allows nationals of both the countries to travel in either direction. Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.

India has formed air bubble pacts with around 18 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circular also stated that the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights exactly approved by it. The scheduled domestic passenger flights recommenced in India on May 25 after a break of two months amid the COVID-19 crisis.

(With inputs from IANS)

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