The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that all international passenger flights operating to-and-from India will continue to be non-operable up to 30 November, until further orders. The DGCA extended the suspension of international flight operations that was due to expire on 31st October.
Aviation-regulated special flights such as flights under the Vande Bharat mission, charter flights, and repatriation flights including all-cargo international flights will continue to operate, according to DGCA’s statement. However, on case-to-case basis, some international flights may be allowed to function on specific routes.
To control the pandemic situation, India banned all international flights with immediate effect on 23rd March. To help the stranded citizens, special international and domestic flights were being operated from 25th March in a limited capacity.
For facilitating international travel safely, India has bilateral air bubbles set up with as many as nineteen countries including Germany, France, Maldives, Qatar, UAE, United States, and the United Kingdom. India is planning to expand the international travel options by resuming flight operations with other countries under similar air bubble set-up.
Regulation of COVID-19 protocols with a strict factor of safety, tracking of passengers and robust precautions are followed in a bilateral air bubble, that is in place between India and some countries.
As fresh infection cases are on a rise in Europe and the US, concerns have been raised over international travel. With uncertainty looming over the behavior of the virus in cold seasons, experts warn that a deadly second wave of the pandemic is possible.
On Tuesday, the Unlock 5.0 guidelines have been extended to by the Ministry of Home Affairs from October 31 to November 30.