India extends suspension of international commercial flights till November 30

India extends suspension of international commercial flights till November 30
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  • India’s airspace regulator said the restrictions wouldn’t apply to international all-cargo operations and air-bubble agreement flights approved by the government.
  • The government has signed an air travel bubble arrangement with 18 countries, and Germany is the recent one to join the list
  • These are the countries that India has an air bubble agreement with:
The Indian airspace regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of international commercial flights till November 30 due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Europe.

“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of November 30, 2020,” the DGCA said in a notification.

The restrictions won’t apply to international all-cargo operations and air-bubble agreement flights approved by the government. The aviation regulator further added that international scheduled flights might be allowed on selected routes by the ‘competent authority’ on a case-by-case basis.

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It has been six months since the Indian government first grounded all international flights on March 25. Domestic flights were allowed to resume operations from May 25 with certain restrictions and precautions in place. The blanket ban on international flights was also eased.

The transport bubbles or air travel arrangements, which are an exception to the suspension, are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian government has signed air travel bubble arrangements with 18 countries so far, with Germany being the most recent to join the list. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
These are the countries that India has an air bubble agreement with:

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Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Canada
France
Germany
Iraq
Japan
Kenya
Maldives
Nigeria
Oman
Qatar
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America

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