Aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday said the coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till July 31, 2021.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said "However, international scheduled flights may be permitted on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-by-case basis,"

Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India with effect from March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights are operating under the Vande Bharat Mission from May 2020 and under a bilateral "air bubble" arrangement with select countries from July 2020. 

Under an air bubble pact between two countries, their airlines can operate special international flights between their regions.

India has air bubble agreements with around 24 countries including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.

The DGCA circular also states that the suspension does not affect international all-cargo operations and in particular the operations of flights approved by it. 

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