November 24, 2022

India: scheduled international flights suspended until further notice

In a recent development, scheduled international flights have been suspended until further notice. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has decided to further extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights, amid ongoing speculation around the imminent resumption of international flights.

Now, with this announcement, it is clear that scheduled international commercial flights will not operate to and from India until further notice.

In a circular dated February 28, the DGAC specified that international cargo flights and flights under the air bubble regime would continue.

As mentioned earlier, special passenger flights have been operating between India and around 45 countries since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements with them.

Currently, India has air transport bubbles with Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Canada, Bhutan, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Iraq, Germany, Kazakhstan, Japan, Kuwait, Kenya, Mauritius, Maldives, Netherlands, Nepal, Oman, Nigeria. , Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Seychelles, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

The Government of India had previously planned to resume regular international air operations from December 15, 2021, but was unable due to the emergence of Omicron.

International flights were first suspended in March 2020, after a national lockdown was announced to combat the first wave of COVID-19.