Suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended until February 28

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The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended until February 28, aviation regulator DGCA said on Thursday.

“However, scheduled international flights may be authorized on routes selected by the competent authority on a case-by-case basis,” added the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Regular international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operated within the framework of the Vande Bharat mission since May and within the framework of bilateral “air bubble” agreements with certain countries since July.

India has made air bubble pacts with around 24 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Bhutan and France. As part of an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.

The DGAC circular also stated that the suspension does not affect the functioning of international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

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