Mumbai: The country's aviation safety regulator DGCA on Thursday extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to 31 December. According to an official circular, the ban will not apply to special flights approved by the Directorate General of International Freight Operations and Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The DGCA stated in its circular, 'Under the partial amendment to the circular dated 26-6-2020, the competent authority issued the validity of the circular issued for suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India by 31 December. 2020, has been extended till 2359 hrs.' However, international scheduled flights may be permitted by the competent authority on some routes. In view of the coronavirus epidemic, India cancelled international commercial passenger flights from 23 March to 30 November.
Due to the Corona epidemic, international passenger flight services in India have come to a halt since 23 March. Restored special international flight services to some countries under the Wanda India Mission from May and under bilateral air bubble from July. India has tied up with about 18 countries under the air bubble. Domestic flight service in the country was resumed from May 25 after being suspended for two months.