Govt extends suspension of worldwide flights until Aug 31


New Delhi, July 31

Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday stated the suspension of scheduled worldwide flights to and from the nation has been prolonged until August 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension of scheduled worldwide industrial companies was until July 31. In the wake of the pandemic, abroad flights had been suspended in late March, whereas cargo flights and people authorised by the DGCA have been permitted to function.

In a press release, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated the federal government had determined to “extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to/from India up to 2359 hours IST of 31st August”.

However, this restriction is not going to relevant for worldwide all-cargo operations and flights particularly authorised by the DGCA.

During the suspension interval, greater than 2,500 repatriation flights by overseas carriers to uplift stranded passengers to/ from India have been authorised, the assertion stated.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Air India and Air India Express have uplifted 2,67,436 stranded passengers, and different charters have uplifted 4,86,811 stranded passengers from May 6 to July 30 interval, it added.

As a part of permitting gradual motion of passenger visitors amid the pandemic state of affairs, ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements have been signed with the US, France, and Germany.

“Recently, ‘Transport Bubble’ agreement has also been signed with Kuwait to uplift stranded passenger both to/ from India. More similar arrangements are likely to fructify and ease passenger movements from different countries,” the assertion stated.

Such bilateral agreements permit operation of flights between the 2 nations topic to a set of laws.

International flight companies to and from India stay suspended since March 23 as a result of pandemic. PTI



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