India extends international flight ban through the end of September

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Indian government extended the ban on regularly scheduled international flights to India through the end of September.

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India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) made the announcement on Sunday (August 29) to extend the ban until September 30. The ban applies to international scheduled flights with the exception of dedicated cargo flights and flights under bilateral air travel bubble pacts with select countries.

While most flights will remain banned, the DGCA further added: "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis."

After the initial COVID-19 outbreak last March 2020, India's government banned international commercial flights. The country has since eased restrictions on flights to select countries under bilateral air travel bubble agreements. India also started its Vande Bharat Mission in May 2020 to help repatriate its citizens in other countries.

India currently has air travel bubble pacts with around 25 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Qatar.