India extends suspension of International flights till 31 July

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular on Friday extending the suspension on scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till 31 July.

The development comes exactly a week after the suspension on oversees air services was extended till 15 July.

The regulator said the validity of the earlier circular has been extended till 11.59 p.m. IST of 31 July.

“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis,” the circular read.

Last month, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the re-commencement of international flight services will depend on factors like ‘border acceptance’ norms in the arriving country and the traffic demand.

That time, he hinted at the prospects of bilateral bubble arrangements, which will allow some international operations between countries.

At present, healthy demand for evacuation flights has been witnessed in the North America-India sector.

Passenger air services were suspended on 25 March due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), although domestic air services have resumed in a phased manner from 25 May.

Currently, airlines are only allowed to deploy 45 per cent of their total capacity.

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