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India: Curbs on international flights extended till February 28

Delhi: Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday announced to continue suspension of scheduled international commercial flights to and from India till February 28. A notification issued by it maintained that the current restriction however will not apply to cargo operations and those flights approved by DGCA. “Flights under air bubble arrangements will also not be affected,” read the order.

Notably, last November, India announced to resume scheduled international flight operations from December 15 but the surfacing of Omicron variant forced the government to extend the resume by January 15.  

With cases of new covid-19 cases continue to rise in the country, barring a few dip in cases in last few days, India’s civil aviation regulatory has decided to extend the curbs till February end now.

As per the reports, India currently has air bubble arrangements with Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, US and Uzbekistan.