Ban on international flights: On 31st August 2020 (Monday), the Indian aviation regular DGCA announced that the schedule of the international flights is suspended till 30th September 2020.
The Directorate General of Civil aviation (DGCA) wrote in a circular that the international flights which were scheduled may be allowed on some selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.
Since 23rd March, there is a ban on international flights and was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the last 24 hours, India has detected 78,512 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total tally to beyond 36 lakhs.
The Union Health Ministry reported that out if the 36,21,246 cases of Coronavirus in India, 7,81,975 patients are under treatment, and 27,74,802 have already recovered.
Worldwide the COVID -19 cases have crossed over 25 million.
Some special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 25 and under bilateral air bubbles arrangements with other countries since July.
The circular issued by DGCA also mentioned that the suspension of the flights does not affect the operation of international all-cargo operations and flights.
The flights scheduled under the Travel bubbles India is talking with other countries like UK, US, France, Qatar, UAE, Maldives, and Germany, which will be permitted, and the people eligible as per the government norms can fly to and from India on them.
Till 11.59 pm, 30th September 2020, the international passenger flights stand to cancel.
Also, India is planning to extend its talks with some more countries to create air bubbles like Japan, Italy, Australia, Nigeria, Bahrain, New Zealand, Russia, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
This extension of talks will ensure the connectivity of travel connections between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till schedule flight resume.