March 24, 2023

Regular international flights to remain suspended till Feb 28 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Omicron variant has further pushed back the resumption of scheduled international flights. They will now remain suspended till February 28, 2022, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a circular on Wednesday. Flights under the expensive option of air bubbles, which India now has with over 30 countries, will continue. Regular international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020.
“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the circular said.
Just before Omicron struck, the government had announced a graded resumption of regular flights from December 15, 2021. However, that didn’t happen as the December 15 reopening was deferred, leaving the expensive bubble flights as the only option for travellers.
While deferring the December 15 reopening, the DGCA had said: “In view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new variants of concern, the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course.”

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