The General Directorate of Civil Aviation of India has decided to extend the ban on the restoration of international commercial flights until the end of November this year.
The message says that the competent authority has extended the validity of the circular, which concerns regular international commercial passenger air transportation to / from India until 30 November 2020.
These restrictive measures will not affect international air cargo transportation, as well as flights with special permits.
As a reminder, regular international passenger flights in India ended on March 23, 2020. Since May, Indian airlines have received the right to operate special international flights within the framework of the Vande Bharat mission (the return of their citizens from abroad). Since July, flights have resumed within the framework of bilateral agreements on "air bubbles". In accordance with such temporary agreements, the airlines of the two countries (which signed the corresponding agreement) can operate a certain number of international flights, as well as carry certain categories of passengers with restrictions. India has established such agreements with 18 countries.
Recall that earlier, the Indian leadership, against the background of a decrease in cases of COVID-19 infection, has already allowed all categories of passengers to enter the country, except for tourists.
As of today, India has the second largest number of officially reported cases of COVID-19 infection in the world. The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 7.99 million people. It should be noted that more than 7.25 million people have already recovered safely, about 610,000 people are undergoing treatment in medical institutions, and this figure is gradually decreasing.