The ban on the operation of regular international flights has been extended till 31 October. Aviation sector regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gave this information on Wednesday. The DGCA said, “However, listed international flights may be allowed to run on routes selected by the competent authority. It will depend on case to case basis. ”
Regular international flights have been suspended since the lockdown imposed on March 23 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, international flights are being operated under the Vande Bharat Mission from May and special agreements with select countries from July.
India has entered into a special bilateral flight agreement (Air Bubble Pact) with the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France. The DGCA clarified in its circular that this ban would only continue on regular international passenger flights. This will not affect the operation of all special flights and special permits.