India suspends international flights till July 15
Published: 08:38 PM, 27 June 2020
All Indian commercial international flights will remain suspended till July 15, according to a government release issued on Friday. However, international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator will remain out of this order.
A circular released by the Director General of Civil Aviation in New Delhi said “scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India shall remain suspended till 23:59 hours IST of 15th July,2020.”
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis,” the circular added.
All passenger flights were suspended when the country went into a lockdown late in March to contain the spread of coronavirus. Domestic flights resumed on May 25.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said last week that India will take a decision on resuming international passenger flights in July if coronavirus behaves in a predictable manner and the entire aviation ecosystem and state governments are onboard.
The Indian government is currently running the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission- a citizen repatriation program to evacuate people stranded in different countries after suspension of international commercial airline operations due to coronavirus pandemic outbreak.