India extends suspension of international passenger flights till November 30

Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Photo courtesy: Connected to India

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India said on Wednesday that the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the Indian aviation authority added. 

India suspended international passenger flights starting March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then the only flights that have been operating are the repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and those that fall under bilateral 'air bubble' arrangements with selected countries.

Since July India has formed air bubble pacts with 18 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France, among others. Under the agreement certain international flights can be operated by airlines between these territories.