Highlights:
• The suspension of the international commercial passenger flights has been extended till 31 October 2021
• DGCA has not imposed restrictions on the operation of international all-cargo flights
• International scheduled flights might be permitted by the competent authority on selected routes on case to case basis

Today, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular which stated that the suspension of the international commercial passenger flights will be extended till 31 October 2021.

The circular stated that the DGCA has not imposed restrictions on the operation of international all-cargo flights. The DGCA also stated that the international scheduled flights might be permitted by the competent authority on selected routes on case to case basis.

The DGCA circular stated that the Indian authorities have decided to extend the suspension of the international commercial passenger flights to/from India till 31st October 2021, and added that the restrictions do not apply to the DGCA approved international cargo flights.

Earlier, the suspension of the scheduled international commercial passenger flights was extended by the DGCA till 30th September 2021. The scheduled international flights have been suspended since 23rd March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the bilateral air bubble pacts have permitted some international flights to continue their operations in the country.

India has signed bilateral air bubble agreements with 27 countries such as the US, the UK, the UAE, France, among others. The pact permits special international flights of both countries to operate within their territories.

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