New Delhi: On Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has declared that the Government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services from India till 31st August. However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
While keeping in mind the situation of COVID-19 in India, more than 2500 repatriation flights by foreign carriers to uplift stranded passengers from India has been approved. To keep the regular air traffic movement during the pandemic, ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements have been signed with the USA, France, and Germany. Further, it informed under the Vande Bharat Mission, in total, Air India and Air India Express have uplifted 2,67,436 stranded passengers and other charters have uplifted 4,86,811 stranded passengers during the period from 6th May to 30th July 2020.
Earlier, Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the international flight operations will start only after other countries open their air space or borders.