India: No commercial international flights till July 15

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India: International commercial flights to stay suspended till July 15

As India moves towards lifting up it lockdown in phases, there were speculations of commercial international flights to resume. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has put all such speculations to rest by announcing that all commercial flights would stay suspended to and from India till July 15. It is important to note that the announcement is coupled with the fact that flights on selected international routes might be allowed after consideration.

DGCA, in the same circular, has also announced that the stay will not effect cargo operations or any special flights that have been approved by DGCA, specially the flights that are a part of the Vande Bharat Mission. The same was announced on Twitter, “Scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India will remain suspended till 11.59 pm of July 15. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, international schedule flights may be allowed on selected routes on case-to-case basis.”

All passenger flights were suspended on March 22 this year as India entered its first stage of lockdown to curtail the spread of COVID-19, which has taken the world by storm.

Earlier this week, India’s Aviation Ministry hinted at the possibility of creating travel bubbles to the US, France, Germany and the UK, following requests for flights on the said routes to evacuate stranded passengers.

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