Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the ban on scheduled international flights till September 30, 2021.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Sunday announced that the coronavirus-induced suspension of passenger flights has been extended till the end of September.

DGCA added in his statement, "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis"

The ban on international flights was due to end on August 31, 2021. International passenger flights were suspended in India on 23 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Government of India started the Vande Bharat Mission in May 2020 to help people trapped in other countries. India also established bilateral air bubbles with select countries from July 2020.

However, cargo flights will continue to operate under bilateral air bubble agreements with select countries.

The ban was not applicable to international all-cargo operations and DGCA approved flights. Meanwhile, India inked several air bubble agreements with around 25 countries including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. 

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