International passenger flight operations will restart on March 27 – more than two years after they were halted due to the coronavirus epidemic, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), citing greater vaccine coverage internationally. The suspension was most recently extended on February 28th of this year.
Regular international aircraft flights to and from India were halted on March 23, 2020, in an effort to halt the fast spread of the new coronavirus. However, special foreign flights were flown as part of the Centre’s massive repatriation effort, Vande Bharat Mission, beginning in May 2020, and as part of bilateral “air bubble” agreements with certain nations beginning in July 2020. India signed air bubble treaties with 32 nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Kenya.
Following recognition of increased vaccination coverage around the world and consultation with stakeholders, the Government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India on March 27, 2022, i.e. the start of the Summer Schedule 2022, according to India’s aviation regulator, DGCA.
Previously, the DGCA said that international flights will resume on December 15, 2021. However, because the Omicron variant of coronavirus triggered a global alert, the FDA prolonged the prohibition until January 31, 2022, when it was extended again.
Since the outbreak in 2019, the novel coronavirus has sickened billions of people and killed millions. So far, India has reported 4.29 crore cases, with 5.15 lakh fatalities as a result.