The suspension of scheduled international flights has been extended till September 30 by the Centre. However, Vande Bharat Mission and other flights under air bubbles will continue and those eligible under government norms can fly to and from India on them.
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23 last year and the severity of the pandemic meant that there is no sign of flights resuming anytime in a hurry, even after a year-and-a-half. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued an order on Sunday, extending the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 11.59 pm (India time) of September 30. “This restriction shall not apply to international all cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the order said.