International flights in India to remain suspended till July 31

New Delhi, June 30 (KMS): In India, the coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till July 31, aviation regulatory body said on Wednesday.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a statement said, “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.”

Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July 2020.

India has formed air bubble pacts with around 24 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.

Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.