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DGCA extends international flight suspension until September 30

Only a few scheduled flights on selected routes will be allowed, the regulator said.

August 31, 2020 / 09:23 PM IST
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Aviation regulator DGCA has extended the suspension on international flights till September 30, leaving just enough room for flights operated in the travel bubble.

In a statement on August 31, the regulator said the restriction doesn't apply to international all-cargo operations and flights it has specifically approved.

"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis," the DGCA said, announcing the visa and travel restrictions.

International flights were first suspended in March, coinciding with a similar restriction on domestic operations, and a national lockdown to limit COVID-19 spread.

While domestic operations resumed on May 25, international flights were operated, initially, only by Air India under the Vande Bharat Mission, the repatriation exercise.

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Later, even as the government expanded the scope of the Mission, also allowing private airlines to operate flights, it established travel bubbles with countries. Under these travel bubbles, airlines from both India and the destination countries operate flights.

Earlier in August, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the government is in talks with more countries to start operations. 

At present, the arrangement is with seven countries - the US, the UK, France, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and Maldives.

"We are now taking these efforts forward and are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements," Puri said.
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first published: Aug 31, 2020 09:20 pm

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