The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said that International Scheduled Flights (International Flights) may be permitted on select routes. In fact, under the Vande Bharat Mission in the air bubble system, some countries have received flights from India since May.
Given the Corona crisis, the Central Government had banned all international flights from 23 March. The government is repeatedly increasing the duration of the ban as per the need. Now the government has extended the ban on international flights till November 30, 2020, given the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has stated that the competent authorities may allow international scheduled flights for select routes on a special basis.
The decision was taken to stop the coronavirus from spreading
The central government had temporarily halted all international and domestic flights in late March to put a brake on the speed of the coronavirus spreading to India. However, Special Flights continued to fly to bring Indians from abroad. After this, on 25 May 2020, the government approved domestic flights with strict conditions and instructions. However, international flights have not been allowed yet, but a decision has been taken to increase the ban.
India has done air bubble pack with 18 countries
The central government is currently operating special international flights under bilateral air bubble arrangements with select countries under the Vande Bharat Mission. India has an air bubble agreement with 18 countries including the US, UK, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France. Under the air bubble pact between two countries, airlines of both countries can operate special international flights. The DGCA has stated that the ban on international flights does not affect the international all-cargo operations and flight operations specifically permitted by the regulator.