The suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India has been extended until January 31, 2022, according to a tweet from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Thursday.
International all-cargo operations and flights certified by the DGCA are exempt from this limitation. There may still be a limited number of international scheduled flights approved by the authorities, on a case-by-case basis.
Since the initial breakout of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, all scheduled foreign flights have been grounded. Due to growing worries about an Omicron coronavirus strain, the Indian government decided in November to suspend scheduled foreign flights beginning on December 15.
Aircraft Minister Scindia wrote to the Rajya Sabha to say that the decision was made after recognising that there were risks associated with flying.
Around 32 nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Bhutan, and France, have signed air bubble pacts with India in the past several years.. Special international flights between two nations can be offered by their airlines under an air bubble accord.