India’s DGCA extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights to December 31 on Thursday. The restrictions, however, will not apply on global all-cargo operations and flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the official circular said.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26.6.2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hours (IST) of December 31, 2020,”
International scheduled flights, however, would probably be allowed on selected routes by the responsible authority on a case-to-case basis, the circular added.
“The suspension of international commercial passenger flights from/to India, which has been in place since March 23 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, was to expire on November 30.”
In the absence of regular flight service on abroad routes, select international flights are being operated under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and the bilateral “air bubble” agreements with select countries since July 2020.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued guidelines on COVID-19 surveillance, containment and caution, which will start from December 1, 2020. It will be in place till December 31, 2020. The MHA has said that in addition to guidelines already established last month, states and Union Territories, based on their evaluation of the situation, may force local restrictions, such as a night curfew. However, the MHA has said that state governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones, without prior discussion with the Union government.