The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights has been further extended to October 31, 2021, India's aviation regulator DGCA said on Tuesday.
"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the circular issued by DGCA added.
The DGCA circular also said that the suspension does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.
"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 Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st October, 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA," the circular read.
Last month, the DGCA had extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger flights till 30 September.
Vande Bharat Mission
With scheduled international passenger flights to and from India remaining suspended since March last year, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020.
The mission repatriates Indian citizens stuck across the globe due to the ban on international flights, as well as ferries foreign citizens to their country of origin. The flights were carried out by the government-owned airline Air India at first, but other airlines were later allowed to take part in the mission.
Air Bubble Arrangement
India has also entered into air bubble arrangements with more than 25 countries for operating flights, including the US and UK.
Under an air bubble arrangement between two countries, international passenger flights can be operated by their respective carriers into each other's territories subject to certain conditions.
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST