News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 01 Sep 2020 18:33pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • he Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights by a month from August 31 to September 30.
  • However, the existing scheduled flights under the “travel bubbles”, India has managed to create with several countries around the world like the US, Germany, UK, France, etc. will still be allowed.
  • The government further pointed out that the relaxation of suspension of scheduled flights will depend on whether or not the coronavirus cases reduce here in India as well as in the destination country

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights by a month from August 31 to September 30. However, the existing scheduled flights under the “travel bubbles”, India has managed to create with several countries around the world like the US, Germany, UK, France, etc. will still be allowed and those eligible could fly to and from India on them. These travel bubbles have been constituted to ensure that people under the eligibility criteria can continue their travel until schedule flights resume. The above-mentioned restriction or suspension of international passenger flights does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights. The suspension of scheduled international flights has been present for almost 6 months and started since March 23 for the first time to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The government further pointed out that the relaxation of suspension of scheduled flights will depend on whether or not the coronavirus cases reduce here in India as well as in the destination country. It also depends on if the law of a foreign country allows travel from India. For those passengers who have already booked tickets before-hand under any of the government’s air bubbles or under the Vande Bharat Mission, their flights will not be canceled and are still according to schedule. Meanwhile, the domestic flights have been allowed to resume its operations after a two-month suspension on the 25th of May. The airlines till now have been operating at about 35% of the schedule set for summer and expect to raise the capacity to 45% from November 24, depending upon how critical the COVID situation gets in India.  The aviation ministry has already stated that resuming the operations of scheduled international flights will be considered once domestic flight operations reach the 50% mark of the originally approved summer schedule.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Sep 2020 10:21am IST


Tags : Coronavirus, Travel Bubbles, International Scheduled Flights, Domestic Flights, Extension of Suspension

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