Civil Aviation

The Scare Is Real: DGCA Puts International Flights On Further Hold

| Updated : December 1, 2021, 6:04 pm
Updated : December 1, 2021, 6:04 pm

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NEW DELHI: Government of India has decided not to open Indian skies for the resumption of international flights from December 15,2021, citing “evolving global scenario” in the wake of the emergence of the new Covid variant identified as ‘Omicron’.

Indian Civil Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday made an announcement to postpone the resumption of scheduled international flights from December 15 in the wake of the threats posed by the new Covid-19 variant. The new variant has raised health concerns across the globe. DGCA’s decision to put on hold its earlier order to resume international passenger flights operations comes out of the concerns raised by virologists and epidemiologists about Omicron.

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Scheduled international flights to and from India remain suspended from March 2020 as part safety measures against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. The DGCA had allowed special international passenger flights from July, 2020 to 31 countries. These flights were allowed under ‘bubble agreement’.


The DGCA in its statement issued on Wednesday said it was, “Watching the situation closely. An appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course.”

Earlier, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had indicated that it was in favour of allowing commercial international passenger flights from December 15, 2021. However, the decision has been put on hold till further notice after it held detailed deliberations with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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