India extends suspension of international flights

World Wednesday 30/June/2021 15:09 PM
By: Times News Service
India extends suspension of international flights
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New Delhi: India will continue to suspend international flights to the country until at least 31 July, 2021, as part of measures adopted to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Certain routes that operate on a case-by-case basis, however, will continue to function, according to the country’s Director General of Civil Aviation.

“In partial modification of the circular date 26 June 2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above, regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India till 23:59 hrs IST on 31 July, 2021,” said Sunil Kumar, joint director general of the DGCA.

“This restriction shall not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA,” added the statement. “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.”

India has banned international flights from several countries since March 23, 2020, to stop the spread of COVID-19. Since then, air bubble routes have been established with a number of countries.

However, at present, only Omani nationals, healthcare workers, diplomats and their families are allowed to enter Oman on flights from India, once again as part of measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.