Certain international flights might be allowed ‘by the competent authority on case to case basis’
By Moyurie Som | 3.45 p.m. Nov. 26
- International flight ban extended to Dec. 31, 2020
- Certain international passenger flights and all-cargo flights to be exempted under the discretion of authorities
New Delhi: The Government of India issued a circular on Nov. 26 titled ‘Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19’, announcing that the suspension of scheduled commercial international flights to or from India by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) till Dec. 31, 2020.
This restriction exempts flights and international all-cargo operations which are “approved by DGCA”.
— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) November 26, 2020
The Government circular, however, added that “International Scheduled flights may be allowed on the selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”
Previously, the DGCA had extended the ban on internal flights till Nov. 30, 2020. International travel was suspended in March 2020 in view of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Under the Vande Bharat Mission, specially arranged international flights have been plying to and from India from May 2020. Along with that, since July, bilateral “air bubble” pacts with 22 countries have allowed special international flights to and from those regions.
(With inputs from ANI)