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India to resume regular international flights from December 14

However, the government has decided not to resume commercial international flights to 14 countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand.

November 26, 2021 / 06:47 PM IST
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India will resume regular international flights to all countries where the COVID-19 pandemic is under control from December 14, government sources said on November 26.

The sources added that the “decision to restart all commercial international flights was taken as a large portion of India's population has been fully vaccinated”.

However, the government has decided not to resume commercial international flights to 14 countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand. The Centre decided against resuming flights to these nations as the COVID-19 pandemic has not been completely contained in these countries.

Also read: Talks will resume soon to start commercial flights between India, Singapore

International flights from India to Bangladesh, Botswana, and Zimbabwe have also been banned.

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“The decision to not reopen international flights to the 14 countries has been taken due to a surge in a new strain of COVID-19 in these countries,” sources said.

In the meantime, India will continue to operate flights under its air bubble agreement to these 14 countries, and the government will continue to evaluate the situation and increase the number of flights to meet demand.

According to a government a notification, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has divided countries under three categories -- not at risk, at risk and has air bubble agreement with India, and at risk and does not an air bubble agreement with India.

Under the categorisation, airlines will be allowed to operate all commercial flights as per pre-COVID-19 bilateral air service agreement from countries under not at risk. From countries grouped under "at risk and having air bubble agreement with India", airlines will be allowed to operate flights at 75 percent of the pre-COVID-19 bilateral air service agreement, the government said.

For countries categorised as “at risk and not having an air bubble agreement with India”, airlines will be allowed to operate flights at 50 percent of the pre-COVID-19 bilateral air service agreement.

Notably, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had recently said that the Centre is keen to restart operating normal international flights. “We are evaluating the process. We are coming back to normalcy. First, we allowed 100 percent passenger capacity in our domestic flights and now we allowed in-flight meals in those flights,” he had said at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Global Economy Policy Summit.
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first published: Nov 26, 2021 04:40 pm

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