The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country has been extended till 28 February, aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday (19 January).
In a circular on Wednesday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, ‘The competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of February 28, 2022.’
This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flight specifically approved by the DGCA, it added.
Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since 23 March 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
However, special passenger flights have been operating between India and approximately 40 countries since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements formed with them.
Fights under air bubble arrangement will not be affected, the DGCA noted.
The DGCA had on 26 November 2021 announced that India will resume scheduled international passenger flights from 15 December 2021.
However, on 27 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Civil Aviation Ministry and the DGCA to review its decision in wake of the rising concerns of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
On 1 December 2021, the DGCA revoked its 26 November decision without saying how long the suspension of scheduled international flights will continue.